Friday, June 21, 2024

Redland Mayor to take leave after drink driving charge

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams, who was today charged with high-range drink driving, says she will seek a period of unpaid leave from council until the matter is legally finalised.

In a statement released this evening, Ms Williams said she will undertake personal leave to respond to the Queensland Police charge and to receive counselling.

“I again apologise for my actions and the toll they have taken on my community,” she said.

“I made a serious personal error of judgement, for which I am deeply sorry.

“While not excusing my actions in anyway (sic), the death threats and serious abuse I have received this past week have also taken a heavy toll on my family and staff.

“Others have also reached out to offer words of comfort during this time and I sincerely thank them for their kindness.”

Ms Williams was charged by Queensland Police today following the return of an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.177% – more than three times the level limit.

She will face Cleveland Magistrates Court on 1 August.

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