Embattled mayor to quit all public duties

Tea Tree Gully Mayor Kevin Knight has accepted the council’s request to take an indefinite leave of absence. Picture: Stephen Laffer

The mayor has issued a statement to the council clarifying his function just after he agreed to get indefinite leave.

The statement, attached to the agenda for the council’s March 10 meeting, explained Mr Knight intended to action down from all obligations right up until more detect.

“I am more than content to comply with the resolution of council,” it reads.

Elected users had questioned the mayor to deliver clarity around his foreseeable future roles and tasks in the course of his leave of absence at a exclusive meeting of the council on Tuesday night.

“I will consider to make clear any confusion and apologise if I caused it, that was not my intent,” the statement reads.

The statement outlines in depth the community meetings and gatherings Mr Knight will now no for a longer time go to in an official potential in March and April.

Mr Knight was questioned to get leave adhering to a council investigation into an incident on Oct 2 previous year at the Modbury civic centre.

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The Advertiser claimed these days that a report by law firm Norman Waterhouse, commissioned by the council, had located Mr Knight breached the council’s code of carry out when he deliberately struck a woman employee on the backside with a rolled-up doc.

It suggests the council inquire Mr Knight to concern a created apology to the employee.

Nevertheless, Mr Knight has taken care of he employed the doc in his hand to enable the employee know he was there, and not to action again into him.

Mr Knight argued he could not have struck the employee “even gently” because of an injured remaining arm and shoulder, which includes a torn muscle mass, tendinitis and bursitis.

“This was a reflexive defensive motion,” he informed investigators.

“I have injured my remaining shoulder and arm, with the consequence that I was sensitive about any call staying manufactured with my remaining shoulder/arm.”

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Other alleged incidents involving Mr Knight are still staying investigated externally.

Mr Knight explained if the investigations ongoing further than April he would talk about foreseeable future preparations with the council.

The mayor will continue being on leave right up until he supplies a created detect to Mr Wyld of his intent to return to mayoral obligations, or right up until a more resolution is introduced to the council.

Nevertheless, he will continue on to go to Neighborhood Federal government Association meetings in his function as a board member.

Mr Wyld informed the exclusive council meeting that inquiring the mayor to make clear his leave of absence was a “sensible study course of action”.

“We do need clarity and certainty,” Mr Wyld explained.

“We need created confirmation of his intentions. We need anything firm from him.”

The council’s acting main executive officer, Thornton Harfield, informed councillors on Tuesday night Mr Knight “remains the mayor” but he was getting leave.