Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says she will not resign despite calls for her to stand aside from Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios.
Ms Scaffidi spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon after Mr Limnios released a statement in which he suggested his long-time friend should stand aside.
Ms Scaffidi said she would not stay in the position if she did not think she was fulfilling her role to the best of her ability.
“I wouldn’t be standing here as firmly as I do if I didn’t believe I was doing my job to the best of my ability acting in an offical capacity as Lord Mayor,” she said.
She also said the fact Mr Limnios had not called for a motion of no confidence suggested he did not have the numbers to have the motion passed.
“I would ask them to move a no confidence motion if they believe they have the numbers,” Ms Scaffidi said.
Mr Limnios said he did not want a vote of confidence and Ms Scaffidi should step aside to allow due process to take its course.
“The thing with the Lord Mayor is no one knows what she’ll do next,” Mr Limnios said.
Investigations by both the Crime and Corruption Commission and the Department of Local Government found that in failing to disclose gifts and corporate-funded travel, Ms Scaffidi had failed in her duty as Lord Mayor.
The State Solicitor’s Office is considering whether to take disciplinary action against Ms Scaffidi in the State Administrative Tribunal.
Mr Limnios said he felt a duty to the people of Perth to speak his mind.
“My conscience wouldn’t allow me not to speak,” James Limnios said.
Business ethics expert Julie Crews said the deputy mayor was right to asking Ms Scaffidi to stand aside.
“Noone’s disputing she has a strong work ethic, that’s not the issue, but she seems to think that should cancel out her responsibility to play by the rules and she’s not,” Dr Crews said.
Mr Limnios said it was a difficult decision to go public with his concerns given his friendship with Ms Scaffidi.
“It was extremely difficult. You need to place your professional and statutory obligations beyond personal ones,” Mr Limnios said.
Dr Crews said the rules were clear, but people had to ensure they followed them.
“You can have all the rules you like but if you don’t have people with a clear moral compass and integrity, the rules won’t stop them,” she said.