Three councillors have been publically named and censured by Griffith City Council for behaviour that breached their code of conduct rules.
Councillors Anne Napoli, Rina Mercuri, and Deb Longhurst were named in the council minutes following a motion put forward by Cr Dino Zappacosta.
The code of conduct complaint was upheld at the last council meeting following an external investigation that is believed to have cost ratepayers $20,000.
Cr Mercuri said she did not necessarily agree with the code of conduct ruling, but that she accepted the decision nevertheless.
"The councillors did what they thought was right," Cr Mercuri said.
"That doesn't necessarily align with my view, but there's a process they have to follow and I accept that."
Cr Longhurst said she did not begrudge the other councillors for their decision, and that she accepted the ruling.
"I know all the councillors would have voted according to their conscience," Cr Longhurst said.
"That's the way it fell, so I've accepted it and moved on."
Cr Napoli has declined to comment.
Mayor John Dal Broi stood by the decision, saying that "clear boundaries" had been crossed by the three councillors in question.
"Councillors need to be very diligent; they need to understand their roles and responsibilities, particularly when dealing with staff."
"It's quite clear what the boundaries are when dealing with staff."
Cr Zappacosta defended the decision to publically name the three councillors, saying the community had a right to know about it.
"It's in the public interest if there's a code of conduct lodged against a councillor," Cr Zappacosta said.
"The people deserve to know."
Council have moved that the three councillors be subjected to provisions 7.36 i) of the model code of conduct, which means that the councillors will be formally censured but not penalised any further or asked to undertake training.