Barnstaple North councillor Brian Greenslade was found guilty of serious breaches of the councils code of conduct following a cross-party investigation. The public censure said Cllr Greenslades sustained and repeated sexual harassment against female members of council staff fell well short of their expectations of members conduct. In the wake of the decision, Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr Alan Connett, has called for a full, independent review into the councils culture and behaviour. In his statement, Cllr Connett said: I offer my sincere and whole-hearted apology to all staff employed by Devon County Council who have experienced any form of inappropriate behaviour, whether from their colleagues or councillors. I am calling for a full, widespread and independent review of the county councils culture and behaviours along with the immediate implementation of training and awareness for all staff and councillors. I have written to the councils chief executive, Dr Phil Norrey, and leader, Conservative John Hart calling on them to commission this independent review along with training from an independent provider. Cllr Connett said the Liberal Democrat group would meet later this month to discuss the standards committees recommendations, and said Cllr Greenslade would have a full opportunity to comment on the complaint. He added there a full training and awareness programme is needed to modernise County Hall and help erase a culture of turning a blind eye. Cllr Connett added: I became Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition at Devon County Council in 2014. At no time since then has the councils chief executive, solicitor, or any other officer raised a concern with me about councillor behaviour. Devon County Council may well have a hidden culture of see nothing, say nothing, hear nothing and we need to be clear that managers and councillors must not turn a blind eye if a member of staff or customer of the council is concerned about the behaviour displayed to them. If we are to modernise County Hall working practices and ensure staff, councillors and members of the public feel safe to raise their concerns, and ensure they are not swept under the carpet then a full programme of training and awareness raising must be implemented urgently.Not about organisational culture In response to Councillor Connetts statement, the council said it had updated guidance to staff about harassment and mounted a number of internal campaigns to promote the complaints process and other support available including a dedicated helpline. A spokesman said: This is not about organisational culture it is about the behaviour of Councillor Greenslade and the impact of his actions on those women affected. The independent investigation made clear that, Cllr Greenslade was perceived as arrogant and a bully. What we have learned is that it is not enough to have strong policies and procedures in place, we need our staff to truly feel they can report issues and will be fully supported. This is a lesson for all large organisations.