Geraldton mayor’s security licence remains in limbo

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Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn.
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The future of Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn’s security agent’s licence remains uncertain after State Administrative Tribunal member Charmain Barton reserved her decision.

Member Barton heard Mr Van Styn’s appeal against WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson’s challenge to his licence this morning.

The challenge came after Mr Van Styn pleaded not guilty to an assault charge on April 23.

Mr Van Styn said he did not expect the trial to occur this year.

He said it could take up to 90 days to obtain a ruling on the challenge to his licence.

“The worst thing that could happen is she upholds the Commissioner’s recommendation to suspend my licence until the court case is heard, and the best case is she disallows the decision,” the Mayor said.

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