THE CEO of Busselton Water Keith White has resigned.
He tendered his resignation the day after a board meeting last week appointed former deputy shire president Helen Shervington chairperson.
The Mail understands that Mr White wanted the meeting postponed until there was a full muster of board members – five of the six were at the meeting.
The one who was not there, Yvonne Robinson, indicated she was interested in the chair position.
Dissention erupted among board members prior to last week’s meeting. There had been attempts to postpone the June meeting, but three board members persisted in having it held last week to appoint a new chair.
When the first meeting was adjourned because of a lack of a quorum, another one was called two days later, with the intention of calling yet another in a further two days if a quorum was again not reached.
However, the adjourned meeting was able to be convened when five board members turned up.
Ms Shervington said while she was disappointed with Mr White’s response (resigning the day after she was elected chair) it was time to move on.
“It’s important as a board that we focus on rebuilding the confidence of the community in the operations of the board.”
She said that Mr White had given three months notice and there would be a meeting about the format of how he will serve it out.
Asked if there was any chance the new board may reverse the chlorination of Busselton Water, Ms Shervington said: “The board took a considered look and came up with that decision (to chlorinate the water) at the time.
“I’m not saying it can’t be revisited, but water safety is the board’s prime consideration.
“We may review aspects of it, but that’s a decision for the full board, not for me.”
Mr White did not want to say why he had resigned.