Orange mayor Reg Kidd says common sense should prevail when a mayor or a councillor is unable to attend meetings due to illness.
Dubbo Regional Council this week approved that if a councillor or the mayor is granted a leave of absence of more than one month they have to return any car, phone or iPad provided by council until the leave of absence ends.
Earlier this month Dubbo Regional Council announced mayor Ben Shields would take indefinite medical leave, effective immediately, with deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence to step into the mayoral role.
Cr Kidd said he did not believe making the same rule would be needed in Orange and the issue should be judged on a case-by-case basis. "I assume someone else would take it on, the deputy mayor," he said.
Cr Kidd said they would be able to use the mayoral office and other council assets to do the job.
"It should just be common sense, I would do it."
He said the personal issues of the individual involved should take priority.
"That person's health is important, forget the political point-scoring [and other issues] until later," he said.
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