Woorabinda mayor removed from office
WOORABINDA Mayor Christopher Paul Adams was yesterday removed from office after his conviction and jail sentence for driving while disqualified.
In a written statement, released yesterday afternoon, a Department of Local Government and Planning spokesperson said Cr Adams' disqualification was automatic and effective from the date of his February sentence.
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council's Deputy Mayor, thought to be Steven Kemp, will become acting mayor through to the elections scheduled for Saturday, April 28.
On Saturday The Bulletin reported police had appealed a magistrate's decision as "manifestly inadequate" after Cr Adams was sentenced, in February, to three months jail, with an immediate parole release date for driving while disqualified - repeat offender.
"In accordance with the provisions of section 154 of the Local Government Act 2009, Cr Adams' disqualification is automatic and effective from the date of conviction and sentence," the department spokesperson said.
"The department is continuing to work with the council chief executive officer to ensure a smooth transition."
The council's CEO Ron Fenner yesterday did not return The Bulletin's calls.
Previously Cr Adams said he'd learnt his lesson and following his court appearance had sold his car.
Earlier this week Wadja traditional owner Steven Freeman had called for Cr Adams to stand down.
Mr Freeman said if Cr Adams had represented any other council in Queensland he would have already been dismissed from his role.