Coun­cil boss in le­gal stoush af­ter be­ing stood down

The Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - RE­NATO CASTELLO AN­DREW HOUGH

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.

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