Mayor Lyn Breuer has been found guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct for Council Members following a ‘verbal attack’.
It was found by KelledyJones Lawyers (KJL) that Ms Breuer breached the code by verbally attacking the complainant and another Council Member at an informal gathering in the Mayor’s Parlour on September 8 last year.
In the agenda for Monday night’s council meeting, KJL described the incident as a ‘heated argument’ during which both the Mayor and the complainant used ‘raised, possibly aggressive voices and expletive language’.
The complaint filed against Ms Breuer alleged that she had broken the code on seven different occasions, but the argument was the only one ruled as a breach by council’s lawyers.
According to KJL, Ms Breuer breached clauses 2.3 and 2.9 of the code of conduct with her actions.
Clause 2.3 of the Code states that councillors must “act in a reasonable, just, respectful and non‐discriminatory way when dealing with people”.
Clause 2.9 requires Council Members to “endeavour to establish and maintain a respectful relationship with all Council members, regardless of differences of views and opinions.”
While recommendations were made to the council by KJL, including a workshop focused on getting councillors to ‘work together as a group’, they were not acted on at Monday’s council meeting due to a lack of a quorum.