A complaint about misconduct by Redlands councillor Paul Gleeson has been referred to a Regional Conduct Review Panel.
Cr Gleeson was recently reprimanded for behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner and failing to comply with Council procedures and policies.
It’s the third time in a year that Cr Gleeson has been reprimanded for inappropriate conduct by Mayor Karen Williams.
On one occasion, Cr Gleeson’s behaviour was also the subject of a complaint to the police, as reported by the Redland City Bulletin.
The Local Government Act requires that a complaint of misconduct be referred to the Regional Conduct Review Panel if the Mayor or CEO determines that three complaints of inappropriate conduct by a councillor in a single year are substantiated.
If the Regional Conduct Review Panel finds that Cr Gleeson has engaged in misconduct, possible outcomes include that he be fined, required to apologise and/or ordered to undergo counselling.
Cr Gleeson’s inappropriate conduct record
Six complaints of inappropriate conduct by Cr Gleeson have been substantiated since he was first elected to represent Division 9 (Capalaba) in 2012.
|22/08/2017||Allegations of inappropriate social media comments made by Cr relating to a local sporting club||Substantiated. Cr reprimanded by the Mayor for inappropriate conduct, for failing to comply with Council procedures and policies and behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner. Referred on to Regional Conduct Review Panel.|
|2/08/2017||Allegations of inappropriate conduct during visit to a private resident & invited Facebook comment on RCC Facebook site following online Story in Redland City Bulletin||Part-Substantiated. Councillor reprimanded by the Mayor for inappropriate conduct and behaving in a manner that is below what is expected of a Redland City Councillor.|
|20/02/2017||Altercation on Social Media page that is alleged as offensive and threatening||Substantiated. Cr reprimanded by Mayor, regarding social media use and policies|
Allegation of posting material on social media that is offensive, threatening or bullying and disrespectful to members of the community
Substantiated. An order reprimanding Cr for Inappropriate Conduct by Mayor on 20/01/16
Allegation of inappropriate publication of personal
information on facebook and failure to demonstrate
respect to member of community
|Part Substantiated. Mayor to counsel Cr about the matter.|
|31/07/2014||Alleged disrespectful remarks on social media||
Substantiated. An order made reprimanding the Cr for inappropriate conduct and an order that any repeat of the inappropriate conduct be referred to a regional conduct review panel as misconduct.
Details of recent complaints about councillors are in the Councillor General Complaints Register which can be downloaded from the Redland City Council website. Older complaints are recorded in this earlier version of the register.
Improving the councillor complaints process
Laws to reform Queensland’s councillor complaints process were being reviewed by Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee in an inquiry which lapsed when the 25 November election was called.
It’s expected that the majority Labor government will move swiftly to implement these reforms when the new parliament gets to work.
Redlands2030 raised concerns about the time taken to resolve complaints, lack of transparency and the risk that a councillor might willfully mislead whoever is dealing with a complaint.
The adequacy of sanctions for bad behaviour by councillors has also been questioned by Redlands2030.
Submissions to the councillor complaints process inquiry were also made by:
Earlier stories by Redlands2030