Isa mayor cops hefty fine over allegations
MOUNT Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch has been slapped with nearly $ 2000 in fines amid allegations she threatened or caused detriment to a council employee.
It comes after the Regional Conduct Review Panel investigated five allegations against Cr McCulloch, including two claims of misconduct which were sustained.
Cr McCulloch has claimed the allegations came as a surprise to her when they were raised and insisted they were not “indicative” of how she conducted herself as mayor.
The independent panel ordered her to pay a fine of $ 652.75 and make an admission of error at the next council meeting after they found she had threatened or caused detriment to a council employee.
She was also instructed to make a written apology to the now- former staff member.
A Local Government Department spokeswoman said the panel had also found the Mayor had directed a local government employee to shred or discard particular applications submitted for a position “and/ or” demanded that a particular person not be employed due to their perceived alignment with a former mayor and deputy mayor.
“Cr McCulloch was ordered to be counselled about the misconduct and how not to repeat it, to apologise to the next council meeting and to pay a fine of $ 1305.50,” the spokeswoman said.
In a statement, Cr McCulloch said she had apologised to the council in accordance with the requirements of the panel and promised to “continue to provide good leadership for this Council and the community”.