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Polemidia mayor launches disciplinary probe after traffic ticket debacle

Polemidia mayor Nikos Anastasiou has ordered a disciplinary investigation into municipal secretary Giannaki Kallikas and a municipal traffic warden.

According to daily Politis, Kallikas was fined €85 by the traffic warden on August 22 last year after his service vehicle was found parked illegally on the pavement of the Evangelistria main road.

The municipal secretary refused to pay the fine, and after the 30-day deadline a court order was issued asking Kallikas to appear before court on January 9.

As municipal secretary, Kallikas oversees municipal workers and traffic police, and signs off on indictments.

Upon refusing to sign his own indictment to appear before court, the court order was signed by mayor Anastasiou.

According to Politis, while the municipality seemingly took its own secretary to court, it refrained from appointing a lawyer to defend Kallikas. The traffic warden took matters into his own hands and appointed a lawyer without informing the municipality.

In court, Kallikas claimed the appointed lawyer was incompetent to represent the municipality.

Ultimately the case was dropped and Kallikas was acquitted.

Mayor Anastasiou said that there are no regulations in Polemidia to deal with traffic offences by the municipality.

Several municipal councillors criticised Anastasiou, accusing him of tolerating unacceptable behaviour by municipal employees, which has led him to launch a disciplinary investigation.

While the municipal council approved new regulations to cover such incidences in May 2018, Anastasiou said these had not yet been published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

As such, the old regulations, which date back to when Polemidia had a community authority, are in effect.

Akel municipal secretary Andreas Tsipis told Politis that the issue of the municipality’s dysfunctionality has been tabled multiple times but has yet to be discussed due to obstacles set by the mayor.

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