Coun­cil­lor found in breach of Lo­cal Govern­ment laws

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Lo­cal Govern­ment Stan­dards Panel has found Mun­dar­ing Coun­cil­lor Doug Jeans breached 7 (1) (a) of the Lo­cal Govern­ment (Rules of Con­duct) reg­u­la­tions 2007 on De­cem­ber 2, 2016 when ac­com­pa­ny­ing, sup­port­ing and ob­serv­ing a Shire res­i­dent as she took photographs of Shire doc­u­ments with­out the Shire’s knowl­edge.

The Shire made a de­ci­sion un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act (1992) WA that the res­i­dent could view the doc­u­ments but not have copies of them (the FOI de­ci­sion).

The panel found that by sup­port­ing the res­i­dent in this way, know­ing that the Shire has made the FOI, Cr Jeans made im­proper use of his of­fice as a coun­cil­lor with the in­ten­tion of gain­ing ad­van­tage for the res­i­dent. The panel cen­sored Cr Jeans for the breach.

The Cen­tral Ward coun­cil­lor, who lives in Hovea, de­clined to com­ment on the panel’s find­ings.

Cr Jeans can ap­peal the de­ci­sion at a State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

Cr Doug Jeans.

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