$10,000 cap set on le­gal fees for coun­cil­lors and staff

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

City of Greater Ger­ald­ton coun­cil­lors have ap­proved a pol­icy that puts a cap on how much money the City can pay for le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion costs.

The Le­gal Rep­re­sen­ta­tion for Coun­cil Mem­bers and Em­ploy­ees pol­icy acts as a frame­work and guide for pro­tect­ing coun­cil­lors and City staff in­volved in le­gal pro­ceed­ings as a re­sult of their em­ploy­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy, in each case the City will de­ter­mine whether as­sis­tance with le­gal costs is jus­ti­fied.

If the City agrees to help with le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion costs, the pol­icy states the pay­ment would not ex­ceed $10,000, un­less ap­proved by the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Vic­tor Tanti said he was happy with the amended pol­icy.

“I’m pleased to see we’ve in­cluded the limit,” he said.

“I think that’s sen­si­ble and shows we’ve learnt from ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The coun­cil pol­icy was sup­ported unan­i­mously by coun­cil­lors dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing on Septem­ber 25.

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