Shock resignation at Ipswich council kept quiet for days
Ipswich City Council has kept the resignation of Deputy Mayor Marnie Doyle secret for one week after she quit five months into the role amid reports of a fractious working relationship with new Mayor Teresa Harding.
Cr Doyle was appointed Ipswich's deputy mayor in April following fresh local government elections in March for the trouble-plagued council.
The Courier Mail can reveal the council has kept Cr Doyle's resignation under wraps for one week.
Cr Doyle is understood to have informed Cr Harding last Wednesday that she would not continue in the $138,000 deputy role, but will remain on the council.
Several sources inside the council said Cr Doyle had a fractious relationship with Cr Harding, however it is not known whether that affected her decision.
Cr Doyle confirmed she had resigned on September 16, effective September 23.
"I have decided to step down from the position of Deputy Mayor and give one of the other councillors the opportunity to undertake the role," she said.
"The first six months as elected representatives was an extremely busy time for all councillors, and undertaking the Deputy Mayor role saw my focus spread across many aspects of council, not just Division 3.
"I plan on taking the opportunity, as my fellow councillors have been able to do over the last six months, to cement my role in the community of Ipswich."
Cr Doyle worked as a banking and finance lawyer for about 25 years before she was elected to Ipswich City Council in March and the deputy mayor position in April.
The council's agenda for this week's ordinary meeting notes a new deputy mayor will be appointed.
Ipswich residents voted in nine new councillors in March after the council was put into administration by a State Government order in May 2018.
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