MAYOR Ben Shields wants an administrator at Dubbo Regional Council but such a move has been strongly opposed by deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence.
Cr Shields said on Wednesday it would be preferable if an administrator be appointed.
"I think it would be preferable if we had an administrator in Dubbo Regional Council, because some of the silly things that are being done, I just think are so distracting," Cr Shields told the ABC.
"If that means I have to go as well, so be it."
But Cr Lawrence said calling in an administrator may avoid scrutiny over allegations of bullying and harassment within council, and the very real prospect of an independent investigator being hired to get to the bottom of the alleged "wrongdoing and inappropriate institutionalised responses to wrongdoing".
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"[An administrator] is something the majority of councillors strongly oppose," Cr Lawrence said.
Cr Shields has been contacted for comment but is yet to respond.
Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock said she was "very concerned about the situation at Dubbo Regional Council".
She said she had requested advice from the Office of Local Government to determine if council met the criteria under the Local Government Act to be suspended.
"The NSW government will continue to watch the actions of councillors closely, including at the next extraordinary and ordinary council meetings, and if necessary will take action to ensure the council is serving the best interests of the local community," Ms Hancock said.
If Ms Hancock makes the decision to dissolve council, the councillors would be replaced with an administrator, who would make the decisions on behalf of the public.
She has strongly urged the Dubbo councillors to put politics aside and "get on with the job" of serving the local community.
"I am concerned about the situation at Dubbo Regional Council and share the frustrations of residents who just want their local representatives to get on with the job they were elected to do," Ms Hancock said.
"Ratepayers rightfully expect high standards of leadership and behaviour from their elected representatives, and the NSW government has zero tolerance for councillors who put petty politics and personal interests ahead of serving their local communities."
Cr Lawrence said regardless of what happened, the allegations should still be investigated.
"It's so important to deal with this issue because local government exists for the community and it exists in order to operate in the public interest," he said.
"If these allegations are true, then they need to be exposed and the damage needs to be undone."
An administrator was instilled five years ago when Dubbo City Council and Wellington Shire Council amalgamated, remaining in place until the local government elections.
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