Isa mayor cops hefty fine over al­le­ga­tions

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JACK MCKAY

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”.

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