Issued Thursday 9 March 2017
Steve Beardon has tendered his resignation as a Casey Councillor amid an investigation into his conduct following Tuesday’s Council meeting.
City of Casey Mayor, Cr Sam Aziz said the investigation followed complaints about his conduct towards some fellow Councillors.
“Councillor Beardon’s behaviour during and after Tuesday evening’s Council meeting was unacceptable, and resulted in a number of complaints being made by other Councillors to the CEO,” Cr Aziz said.
“Shortly after having been advised that he would be subject to an investigation under workplace safety laws Cr Beardon submitted his resignation.”
“We don’t have to agree, but we expect all Councillors to conduct themselves in a manner which shows respect for each, the office of Councillor and the majority decisions of Council.”
Council reprimanded the Mayfield Ward Councillor at Tuesday’s meeting following comments in the media critical of a majority decision.
He was also suspended during the meeting after failing to comply with directions from the Mayor on several occasions.
It’s the second time scrutiny of Cr Beardon’s conduct has resulted in his resignation, serving for just 37 days in 2003 and forcing a $60,000 bi-election.
Cr Aziz said Cr Beardon has been a disruptive influence in each of his 3 terms on Council.
“Steve Beardon has form,” Cr Aziz said.
“His actions this week mirror the events of 2003 when the Council passed a series of resolutions about his unacceptable conduct and he resigned rather than be accountable.”
“Now, when his behaviour is questioned again, he has jumped ship rather than face up to the scrutiny of a workplace safety investigation.”
Ratepayers will be spared a costly bi-election with the Victorian Electoral Commission set to undertake a countback of votes from the Mayfield Ward at last October’s election to determine a replacement Councillor.