Brian Daniel says impossible working conditions are behind his decision to walk away from the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council. The one-term councillor, whose term expires next month, was on record saying he wanted to be re-elected to continue driving crucial reforms. However, when the final list of candidates was released earlier this month, Cr Daniel’s name was nowhere to be seen. “I decided towards the end that I wouldn’t run for a second term,” he told the Times. “I do have reasons and will be following these up at a higher level. I can’t function/work in those conditions.” Cr Daniel was initially tight-lipped on specific details about his decision. After the Times sought a response from Shire chief executive Stephanie Addison-Brown to the perceived criticism of the her organisation, Cr Daniel added: “Having been an executive in a large company in the private sector I have found it frustrating working in the local government environment.” Earlier this year the former senior Pfizer executive voted against Ms Addison-Brown’s updated key performance indicators as well as a five-year contract renewal despite tinkering with a minor amendment. That change, which focused on a planned internal Shire staff survey, was linked to Cr Daniel’s concerns workers at the local government weren’t sufficiently engaged. “There’s still a lot of things I want to achieve, including having a more open, can-do attitude/culture at the Shire,” Cr Daniel said previously. “I continuously talk about ‘us’ (Shire employees and councillors) needing to adopt the catchphrase ‘Working with the people, for the people’. “I come from a strong, very successful private sector business background, having been a chief executive of a $500 million business with 320 employees, and as such am very passionate in having a ‘can-do’ culture in an organisation.” Cr Daniel also sheeted the Shire hierarchy for seeking to “disguise” the poor outcome of the latest Community Perceptions Survey which saw the local government slip in rankings. The Shire declined to comment.