A Glenelg Shire councillor will miss two council meetings for alleged inappropriate behaviour.
A member of the public made a complaint about Cr Alistair McDonald's behaviour at a council event, the council's chief executive officer Greg Burgoyne confirmed.
"Subsequently a complaint was made against Cr McDonald under council's Councillor Code of Conduct, which was dealt by an independent arbiter," Mr Burgoyne said.
The independent arbitration found that Cr McDonald failed to treat a member of the community with dignity, he acted in a way that may damage the council and failed to exercise reasonable care and diligence in exercising his functions as a councillor.
Mr Burgoyne said the council considered the findings and recommendations at its November meeting.
"These included a recommendation that Cr McDonald make a formal apology to council (in close session) regarding his conduct, which he did," he said.
He also agreed to a two-month period of absence.
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