Redlands mayor Karen Williams has been met with scrutiny and protests after attending her first council meeting since pleading guilty to drink driving.
Ratepayers waited at the door of the council chambers as Williams made her return.
Shouts of “get Karen out” were heard.
“We don’t stand behind her, the way she clearly doesn’t stand behind us,” resident Debbie Reynolds said.
9News understands a majority of Redlands City councillors no longer support the mayor.
“It’s sickening – there’s no other word for it – the whole meeting is quite vile,” Councillor Adelia Berridge said.
“The community doesn’t want her. The majority of councillors have said they don’t want her.
“It’s time to stand down.”
But others have come to Williams’ defence.
“We had a beautiful hug when she came back. It was lovely,” Councillor Tracey Hughes said.
Councillor Paul Bishop said “it’s a testing time. I think that’s all I can say at this point.”
Councillor r Wendy Bolgary added “whether we’re in an untenable situation or not, I’m honored to be here. It’s one person’s actions only.”
At the start of the meeting, Williams apologised for her actions and the consequences felt by fellow councillors.
The mayor has maintained she will not be stepping down over the incident.