A disgraced council chauffeur who smacked a female colleague has been getting paid for staying at home during a fresh probe into his conduct.
Fellow workers at North Lanarkshire Council were furious when Scott Muir kept his job despite admitting an assault on a committee clerk at the Civic Centre in Motherwell.
Their anger rose when Muir (52) was suspended on full pay while police probed an allegation that he stole an £800 ceremonial jacket.
Police have decided not to charge him in relation to that, but he is now off sick and a council investigation into the jacket incident has been delayed until he returns to work.
Muir is understood to earn at least £30,000 a year and his situation hasn’t gone down well with colleagues when the council is under constant pressure to make savings.
A council source said: “He’s on a pretty high wage and a sum of money like that could be spent in much better ways in these days of austerity.”
Muir, of Bishopbriggs, drove Provost Jim Robertson to official functions and other duties included carrying the provost’s chain of office around.
In December 2012 he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted smacking clerk Margaret Shankland as they waited for a lift in the Civic Centre. She said the incident reduced her to tears while Muir ‘was just standing there with a grin on his face’.
Muir escaped with a good behaviour order from the court and a warning from the council.
However, within weeks he was suspended over the missing council jacket. Outside of work Muir was a professional toastmaster and it was alleged he used the jacket in that capacity.
One councillor said the Muir saga has frustrated everyone, but disciplinary procedure must be followed.
But he added: “Muir should have been sacked for the smacking incident. You shouldn’t be able to get away with hitting a work colleague. The decision didn’t make sense.”