I sit on a large parish council, and am deeply concerned by the behaviour of its Town Clerk. The council has a track history of short-lived councillors, who resign after only a few months, and I think this is because they quickly realise that the Clerk is effectively running the Council and dictates policy.
The Employment Committee basically does what he says, and he advises them on his own employment!! If any councillors raise problems about his conduct, the Employment Committee tells them off and accuses them of bullying. I know there are a majority of councillors who are sufficiently annoyed by this situation, but are unable to do anything about it because of the stranglehold that the Clerk has over his employers.
Therefore, can I propose a vote of no confidence in the entire employment committee in the course of a normal parish meeting? I don't really want to set it as an agenda item because that gives away my intentions, so can I essentially 'surprise' the council with this proposal, and what are the implications of doing so?