Councillor cleared of misconduct after investigation
A FRASER Coast councillor has been cleared of misconduct after the CEO dismissed the complaint for "lacking in substance".
Councillor Stuart Taylor referred himself for investigation when a complaint about his conduct during last month's meeting was submitted to the council.
The complaint alleged Cr Taylor breached the Local Government Act by "not leaving and staying away from the meeting during an item that he had declared a conflict of interest" and "performing double fist pumps after the decision".
But in a letter addressed to Cr Taylor, council CEO Ken Diehm determined the complaint was "lacking in substance".
"The complainant has been notified and the council considers the matter to be closed, as such, no further action will be taken," the letter reads.
Under Section 176B of the LGA, the council's CEO must conduct a preliminary assessment of any complaints brought to the attention of councillors.
On the council's video recording of the meeting, Cr Taylor can be seen standing outside while a vote division is occurring in the chambers.
The conflict of interest related to his role as the president of Football Queensland Wide Bay.
Mr Diehm told the Chronicle the details regarding unsubstantiated complaints were confidential and did not need to be recorded on the public register.
"All complaints against councillors are taken seriously and undergo a thorough assessment as required by the Local Government Act," Mr Diehm said.
"Given the confidential nature of the complaint process I am unable to make any comment on the nature of a complaint or the reasons behind the determination of a complaint."
When contacted for comment, Cr Taylor said it was the outcome he anticipated.
"It's important if people have concerns they raise them, and they should be properly investigated," Cr Taylor said.
"The moment we start not giving full consideration to what would seem to some as trivial matters, we become complacent."