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Mayor stands by his man

Scott Greensill.
Scott Greensill. JoJo Newby

A LEGAL wrangle, which will cost a NSW council more than $1 million and involves Scott Greensill, has no impact on his current position as general manager at Clarence Valley Council.

"What happens at Singleton Council is completely a matter for Singleton Council," CVC Mayor Richie Williamson said yesterday.

The second of two judgments involving Mr Greensill's former employer, Singleton Council, was handed down by the Supreme Court last week.

The case arose when Mr Greensill, Singleton Council's general manager until last year, authorised a "breach of code of conduct" report into its deputy mayor Paul Nichols.

Judge Monika Schmidt quashed the report and ordered the council to pay Cr Nichols' legal fees.

"The only reason that it was not necessary to make orders against Mr Greensill was because he left the council's employ," her judgment said.

"Had that not occurred and been announced during the course of the hearing, orders would have been made against him."

Yesterday Cr Williamson admitted he had not followed the case but said the council was fully aware of it when they hired Mr Greensill last year on a five-year contract.

He said the judgment was critical of "some internal administrative process" and it was a "matter for another council".

"I'd like to point out Mr Greensill has been a strong asset to CVC, working very well with staff and councillors," Cr Williamson said.

Mr Greensill last night said he had acted in good faith and on legal advice at all times.

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