Bullying allegations saw the town mayor leave a Frodsham Town Council meeting in tears and a councillor suspended.
Accusations of cyber abuse and ‘threatening’ behaviour were aired in public at Castle Park House on December 14.
It was revealed 10 complaints had been made against Cllr Tom Reynolds by both fellow members and staff.
He was banned from all committees until the next full council meeting, but he insisted he was the one being bullied.
Chairman Mark Warren quit FTC last month - town clerk Jon Wilde has also resigned - and mayor Fran Sutton, who chaired the meeting in his absence, put forward the motion to suspend Cllr Reynolds but ended up leaving in tears before the vote was taken.
She said: “I’ve had very long and sleepless nights over this, but someone, somewhere has to take a stand.
“Bullies as we all know are cowards and in my opinion cyber bullying is worse than them all.
“Cllr Reynolds has on many occasions used threatening behaviour and when he doesn’t get his way or doesn’t get a response in the right time he puts it on Facebook.
“We’ve already had two resignations over this and if nothing changes I will probably be the next.”
Cllr Sara Wakefield seconded the mayor’s motion and said she was ‘100% behind’ it. She also had to leave the meeting before the vote was taken.
The allegations were passionately denied by Cllr Reynolds, who insisted he was the target and said he was in favour of a review which ‘might get to the bottom of this systemic bullying’.
He said: “We nearly saw the Park Lane play area sold by auction which would’ve been disastrous.
“I asked questions in relation to that which I thought needed to be asked and if I hadn’t where would we be now?
“I’ve stood my ground and I feel I’ve been bullied by the people trying to jump on the bandwagon.”
Cllr Reynolds was accused of sending a ‘barrage’ of emails to councillors and staff, often late at night.
Cllr Caroline Ashton said: “What the mayor said has brought together what most of us were thinking.
“I don’t think Cllr Reynolds knows how he comes across and how offensive he can be.
“I have been getting emails at midnight and 1am and it’s just got to the point where I don’t read them I just delete them.”
By the time a vote was held, Cllr Mike Pusey had taken over as acting chairman while Cllr Richard Knowles proposed to amend the motion so any ban could be reviewed each month, an amendment that was agreed by members.
He said: “I do think everyone who has been voted in has a positive to give to this council and to the residents of Frodsham.
“At the moment we are in danger of looking absolutely ridiculous.
“A chairman and a town clerk have resigned and tonight others have said they might do the same; we need to show we are trying to deal with it.”
Cllr Reynolds cannot vote on any committees until the next full council meeting on January 11.
Cheshire West and Chester Council Frodsham councillor Lynn Riley said: “There’s so much opportunity to do good for Frodsham if everyone could draw a line in the sand.
“It’s just about being a decent human being.
“When a decision has been made by the democratic process everyone should accept it whether they like it or not.”
Jason Fraser also left the town council on December 2 but cited work commitments as his reason for stepping down.
Cllr Mallie Poulton said: “I’m really, really sorry it’s come to this.
“I respect Tom and the positive contributions he makes. We are all individuals and we are all here by the grace of our electorate.
“But I make no apologies for wanting to get past this so we can all move forward.”
The chairman position is still vacant and candidates for the two available posts have until December 18 to apply.