Councillors were asked on Tuesday night to consider an urgency motion calling for the Lismore mayor to resign over his comments on the Four Corners program, where he said the elected council should be sacked.
Speaking to reporter Adam Harvey on the ABC program entitled, Washed Away, Cr Krieg said Lismore needed state and federal government help to recover from the flood.
He said it was a personal opinion that the work needed to be done could not be done through council.
"You actually need an autocratic approach and if you want me to be totally honest, and I hope you probably will put this to air, but you actually need to sack the council to make this happen," Cr Krieg said.
Because of those comments, Cr Adam Guise raised an urgency motion calling on the council to express no confidence in the mayor, urging him to resign.
Cr Guise called the mayor's comments "shocking" and "totally untoward".
"You cannot continue to be a figurehead when all you want to do is give away your leadership and have us sacked," he said.
Cr Guise said, "it flies in the face" of the need for leadership during the crisis facing the community.
"You do a disservice to your community and leaves real leadership begging."
Cr Guise said it was a "loss of democracy" and said to the mayor "you betray the trust voters put in you".
He called for the mayor and councillors to "honour" their commitment to their roles on council.
After much debate about whether the motion was urgent and proper meeting procedure, it was defeated, with councillors Guise, Cook, Rob, and Ekins voting for it, and councillors Gordon, Colby, , Jensen, Hall, Bing, and Krieg voting against.
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