Finance committee chair replaced, deputy ‘last to find out’

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Neil Brown is no longer finance committee chair, while, right, Leen Braam is unhappy to be the last to find out about the reshuffle.

Cr Russell Ellis has been appointed chair of the Ashburton council’s finance committee, angering deputy Leen Braam who said he was “the last person to find out”.

The change was suggested by mayor Donna Favel as part of a mid-term view of governance.
Cr Neil Brown was chair of the finance committee and deputy mayor but will focus now on his deputy role.
Full report on the changes – and the emotion – in next week’s Courier.