Council boss in legal stoush after being stood down
THE state’s highest paid council boss is at war with his employer, threatening to sue for defamation just days after he was stood down from his job over allegations of bullying.
Playford Council chief executive Mal Hemmerling was this week sent home on full pay from his $366,287-ayear position more than six months after an incident with a junior female employee.
But yesterday, on the eve of council elections, Dr Hemmerling wrote to the council revealing he would launch Supreme Court defamation action against the council for falsely accusing him of bullying and mismanagement.
The complaint centres on an internal investigation triggered by what the former Grand Prix supremo’s lawyer says was an allegedly inappropriate comment made to the employee, aged in her 20s.