“In July a Councillor Conduct Panel was convened to hear a complaint lodged against Councillor Steve Toms by Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly.
“The panel has made a finding against Councillor Toms of misconduct and serious misconduct, resulting in a four month suspension from Council – effective today (5 September).
“During the term of his suspension, Councillor Toms will not have access to Council resources and equipment, nor will he receive his Councillor remuneration entitlements.
“Councillor Toms has 28 days to initiate a review of the decision at VCAT, therefore Council will not be making any further comment at this time.
“Council will continue to work in the best interest of the Frankston City community in Councillor Toms’ absence.” - Chief Executive Officer, Phil Cantillon