Steven Chadwick, former Rockhampton Regional Council staff member.
Steven Chadwick, former Rockhampton Regional Council staff member.

Chadwick takes council to court

FORMER council manager Steven Chadwick has taken legal action against Rockhampton Regional Council, claiming he was forced to resign over a speeding fine in 2009.

Mr Chadwick, who had been the operations manager for engineering at the council for five months at the time he was let go, lodged a claim of wrongful dismissal against the council in December.

In April, 2009, Mr Chadwick received an infringement notice for his council vehicle which was clocked doing more than 30km over the speed limit on the Bruce Highway at Yaamba that month.

Mr Chadwick completed a statutory declaration that he was not the driver of the car but rather it was his son-in-law who had borrowed the car.

When the son-in-law, who was a disqualified driver at the time, was forwarded the declaration, he said he was not the driver either.

In his claim, lodged with the Rockhampton District Court, Mr Chadwick says he was pulled into a meeting the following month with senior council management, where he was accused of being untruthful and asked to resign.

His claim says he was informed he would only receive his entitlements if he resigned and was given no other alternative.

In May last year the Rockhampton Magistrates Court handed down a decision that dismissed a charge of speeding against Mr Chadwick and said there was credible evidence he was not the driver of the council car.

Mr Chadwick is claiming damages of $228,956.40 for constructive and wrongful dismissal and breach of contract of employment.

A spokeswoman for the council yesterday said they were unable to comment on the matter due to ongoing legal proceedings.



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