Kempsey Shire Council has voted to formally censure Councillor Leo Hauville, following investigation into a code of conduct complaint.
An initial preliminary assessment of the complaint was conducted, followed by a formal investigation carried out by an independent external conduct reviewer, who produced a Final Investigation Report.
The report contained four key findings relating to conduct from the previous term of Council.
While the majority of the current Councillors were not in office at the time of the incidents identified in the findings, their role was not to revisit the findings.
Rather Councillors considering this matter had the task of reviewing the Final Investigation Report and determine the appropriate sanction under the circumstances.