07 December 2011

Deputy Mayor; Eastern Courier

The Eastern Courier published this article this week. This is one item that this time I decided not to enter the debate as my views were already well know to everyone. Somehow I still get a mention in the article.

Mayor's case
back in court
Mayor Lachlan Clyne made a brief appearance in court last week over charges
of identity theft and dishonest dealings. Mr Clyne, who was arrested at his
Unley Park home on August 2, has been charged with dishonestly dealing
with documents and improper use of another identity, arising from last year's Local Government election campaign. Mr Clyne appeared relaxed before the hearing. He was not required to enter a plea and the case was adjourned after less than a minute. He will reappear in court on January 13. Police would not confirm whether initial charges of criminal defamation and publication of misleading information had been dropped. Meanwhile, a third push for the appointment of a deputy mayor again failed to win Unley councillors' support. A report to last week's council meeting suggested a deputy mayor be appointed for a six-month term on a rotational basis. But Cr Anthony Lapidge told the meeting electing a deputy for six months was "impractical" and frequent change would create public confusion about who was deputy at any given time. The motion was abandoned after it failed to garner support from a single councillor. It comes after a failed push by Cr Jennie Boisvert in August to have a deputy appointed. Cr Boisvert also lodged a complaint of bullying against Mr Clyne after an email he sent to members in November 2011 encouraged them not to support her bid to be appointed deputy mayor. Mr Clyne was made to publicly apologise for the email in March.

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