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Waxhaw official calls meeting for Tuesday over mayor's 'neglect of duties'

WAXHAW, NC (Adam Bell/The Charlotte Observer) -

Waxhaw's mayor pro tem has called a special meeting for Tuesday to take possible action over Mayor Daune Gardner's "neglect of duties and role as an elected official," the meeting notice stated.

Gardner said she had no idea why the meeting was called, but added, "I suspect this is some posturing."

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Stewart could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The meeting was called so members could discuss Gardner's recent fine involving a form for the N.C. State Ethics Commission, Interim Town Manager Greg Mahar said.

The statement of economic interest form, which details financial and personal interests of certain public officials, was initially due in mid-April, with fines possible if it was not turned in by mid-June.

Gardner was among the people fined $250 by the commission last week for people who were late or did not file, Assistant Director Pam Cashwell said.

But Gardner was not required to file the form in her role as mayor, according to Cashwell. Rather, Gardner had to file it in her capacity as a member of a metropolitan planning organization, the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

Gardner said she turned in the form last week stating there was no change in the areas the form covered. "I'm sure we all have neglected to file something in a timely fashion," she said.

MPO members have been required to file the form for two years now.

Because Gardner represents the town on the planning board, Mahar said, Waxhaw commissioners felt they still could take up the issue.

This is not the first time the Waxhaw board has focused on the mayor's activities.

In January, Gardner pleaded guilty to a driving while impaired charge from June 2013. The plea deal included a 30-day suspended sentence, 12 months unsupervised probation, 24 hours of community service and a suspended driver's license with limited driving privileges.

Gardner refused requests by two town commissioners to resign. She is serving her second four-year term, which expires in 2015.

Commissioners began censure proceedings against her last year but later dropped that action. Instead, they approved a resolution in November that disapproved of Gardner's actions, including her arrest and buying alcohol with a town credit card. Using a town credit card to buy alcohol violates town policy.

In 2008, Gardner was charged with driving under the influence in Lancaster County, S.C., the Observer reported at the time. Gardner has told reporters that the South Carolina case was dismissed and the charges expunged.

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