MEDIA RELEASE - Sutherland Shire Council reaffirms commitment to strong civic leadership in serving our community

Sutherland Shire Council acknowledges recent media reports and subsequent acknowledgement of conduct by sitting Councillor Kent Johns.

Council remains strongly committed to providing civic leadership which ensures an environment where respect, equality and inclusivity are always upheld and reflected, taking a tremendous amount of pride delivering in the best interests of our community.
Speaking in response to the reports of conduct, Sutherland Shire Council CEO, Manjeet Grewal, said that she would like to assure the community that this type of behaviour does not reflect the values of Council as an organisation and does a disservice to the community.

“All Councillors and staff are required to meet high standards of conduct and behaviour, in keeping with our Codes of Conduct. Council is deeply committed to serving our community with integrity and inclusivity. We strive to foster an environment where every member feels valued and respected,” she said.

“These conduct and behavioural standards are clearly communicated to Councillors upon their election to Council and across their term, with ongoing support provided to them in fulfilling their role as leaders in our community.”

Councillor Johns has expressed sincere regret for his actions and has since requested a leave of absence from his civic duties for personal reasons. This will be formally considered at the upcoming Council meeting.