JOONDALUP councillor Brian Corr has rejected suggestions that a complaint he made to police that Mayor Troy Pickard assaulted him was politically motivated.
The south-east ward councillor claimed he was assaulted by Mr Pickard at an April 3 committee meeting.
North West Metropolitan Superintendent Charlie Carver recently wrote to Cr Corr informing him that the investigation had concluded and no further action would be taken.
“On balance it appears that contact if any between Mr Pickard and yourself would be incidental to a minor and short tussle over a document, and not warranting criminal prosecution,” the letter said.
Mr Pickard said the investigation had been a waste of police resources and called for Mr Corr’s resignation from council.
“While this outcome is of no surprise to me, it is now clear that this vexatious accusation was politically driven and designed to tarnish my personal reputation and in turn that of the City of Joondalup,” he said.
“The vast majority of elected members have expressed concern to me with how Cr Corr handled this matter, believing his actions to involve the WA Police and the media deeply disappointing.”
Cr Corr described the call for him to resign as “laughable”.
“To say it is political is also laughable,” he said.
“I am entitled to a safe work environment and would add that it is Mayor Pickard’s behaviour, not mine, that is tarnishing the reputation of the City of Joondalup.”