The head of the Greens had come under heavy criticism because of a control office report on his personnel policy and the independent dissolution of the personnel office. Nevertheless, Willi wants to stay.
The reasons for the resignation of the three mandataries are quite solid, from the “inability to communicate transparently, to negotiate and lead, internally and externally”, was mentioned in a broadcast. “The subordination of all decisions to the self-imposed premise of a permanent election campaign” was also cited, or “a stubborn refusal to accept that 25 percent of municipal council seats are not a majority”.
The resigned mandataries are Marcela Duftner, Thomas Lechleitner and Renate Krammer-Stark, the new list is called “Innsbruck worth living in – a city for everyone”. The Greens – including Willi – are currently represented by ten members in Innsbruck’s municipal council. The three mandataries also criticized the fact that political competitors were “constantly” devalued. In addition, an “unchangeable focus on maintaining one’s own power” and the “highly questionable handling of the city’s financial resources” were brought up.
Willi was “disappointed” and absolutely “surprised”, but he did not want to resign. He does not understand the accusation of lack of transparency. “We have never had as many internal meetings as we have in this period,” he argued. Now the “free play of forces” that prevails in Innsbruck is one facet richer, he just said.
Above all: “I reflect every day, I have a very critical wife and a very critical club. Nobody has to worry that I’m not questioning myself critically and being questioned,” he said of the allegations. A new election is now not the first consequence, rather he wants to revise the salary scheme of the city as a result of the control office report.
In “Tirol Live”, the online talk format of the “Tiroler Tageszeitung”, on Wednesday Willi had proposed an exam with all city senate parties instead of a new election. If nothing comes of it, a new election is inevitable. He is still sticking to the cloister, he said after the earthquake in his party. “If this offer is unsuccessful, we will support new elections,” he announced.
Willi had been confronted with strong headwinds in the past few weeks. The trigger for the latest trench warfare was a critical control office report on the city manager’s personnel policy. Among other things, high allowances, special treatment and contracts for individual employees in Willis’ environment and special agreements for the HR manager were questioned and criticized. Willi – who as mayor is responsible for personnel matters – forestalled their foreseeable dismissal by the city senate by dissolving the office without further ado and creating a “Human Resources Management” department that reports directly to him. The HR manager, who had come under criticism, was appointed head of the staff unit.
The restructuring went into effect on Monday. The city senate parties (FPÖ, SPÖ, Für Innsbruck) insisted on removing the head of the HR department from her office at their meeting on Wednesday – against the votes of the Greens. She then formally resigned from her office – but was already head of the staff unit.
“This resignation of the three municipal councils is long overdue and absolutely understandable,” said the ÖVP. “It’s a clear sign that many in the Green Party no longer want to support the autocratic leadership style of Georg Willi and Uschi Schwarzl (city councilor, note),” said club chairman Christoph Appler. the deputy Club leader of the SPÖ, Irene Heisz, paid the three renegades “respect for their courageous decision”. “We have often wondered what the green municipal council club puts up with and supports. But the pitcher goes to the well until it breaks,” she said.