WITH a neighbouring council having to shell out close to $100,000 to complete investigations into code of conduct complaints made against councillors, Leeton is at the other end of the scale.
Every year each council in the state is required to report if any code of conduct complaints have been made against councillors or the general manager to the Office of Local Government in accordance with the Procedures for Administering the Model of Code of Conduct.
For another consecutive year, Leeton Shire Council has reported there were no code of complaints made against councillors to the general manager Jackie Kruger.
However, for Griffith City Council the news wasn’t so great.
The cost of investigating complaints against Griffith councillors cost the city’s ratepayers $98,350 in 12 months.
For the 2017-2018 financial year, 13 code of conduct complaints were lodged with Griffith City Council.
Six of those complaints were forwarded an independent investigator.
It’s an increase on the previous year, 2016-2017, when five complaints were made and four were investigated for a total cost of $19,225.
Residents and staff are able to make code of conduct complaints against councillors or the general manager.
The complaints can come under a range of different categories and then result in investigations before an appropriate course of action is recommended.
It has been many years since a code of conduct complaint was registered against a councillor or general manager at Leeton Shire Council.