A former deputy leader of Sandwell MBC breached the council’s members’ code of conduct by giving a friend an unfair advantage in acquiring public toilets while the councillor also asked officers to reduce or cancel parking tickets for his wife and sons.
Sandwell’s standards sub-committee, which met this week, found Mahboob Hussain (Ind) had breached the code of conduct 12 times, bringing his office and the council into disrepute, the local authority said.
The hearing heard how Cllr Hussain pushed through the sale of three public toilets well below their market value to a family friend in 2011-12.
The committee also found Cllr Hussain instructed officers to reduce or cancel three parking tickets for his wife and sons.
His actions were “compromising officers’ impartiality”, a council press release said.
The committee delivered its judgement yesterday after a three-day hearing.
Lawyers for Cllr Hussain had unsuccessfully argued for an adjournment on Monday but the hearing went ahead in his absence.
A further hearing will be arranged in the coming weeks to consider what action should be taken against Cllr Hussain.