The Monitoring Officer will consider the complaint against the Council’s adopted criteria for deciding whether a complaint should be referred for formal investigation or some other action.
The Monitoring Officer may consult the Council’s “Independent Person” before making a decision. Any functions of the Monitoring Officer in this procedure may be delegated to the Deputy Monitoring Officer and the Monitoring Officer, the Deputy Monitoring Officer and the Independent Person may consult or seek input of an Independent Person from another authority as appropriate at their discretion.
If the Monitoring Officer decides not to refer the complaint for investigation or for other action then the matter is closed.
There is no provision for appeal or review of that decision by the Council or any other person.
The Monitoring Officer will give a summary of the reasons for their decision.
If the Monitoring Officer decides that the complaint requires investigation the Monitoring Officer will appoint a person to investigate and to report back to them.