Mayor hits back after accusations from sacked WBW director

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has hit back after Wide Bay Water's sacked deputy chairman Curly Tatnell accused the council of being arrogant and impossible to negotiate with.

Cr O'Connell said the council told the WBW board on June 5 to suspend the appointment of a permanent chief executive officer until the $65 million stamp duty matter had been settled.

He said the council had been asked to accept a remuneration package in excess of $290,000 for the WBW CEO appointment.

"Council believes that such an impost is not in the interests of the public and is neither acceptable nor appropriate," Cr O'Connell said.

"It would be disappointing and alarming if the board chose to disobey the direction given their obligations to implement shareholder directions."

He said the direction remained effective.



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