West Jordan Mayor Kim Rolfe went to court Tuesday to block a planned City Council vote to slash his salary by 90 percent and make his a part-time position.
Rolfe, who became the city's first full-time mayor when he took office in 2014, filed the emergency motion in an attempt to head off the pay-cut vote at a Tuesday night council meeting.
Ayres said Rolfe
recognizes the authority of the council to set the mayor's salary - but not the way it has gone about it.
Southworth ran against Rolfe
in the last mayoral election, the complaint noted.
Southworth on Tuesday denied any ulterior motive, saying the allegation was a "smokescreen" designed to take attention away from the mayor's actions and the latest tactic of running to court to try to thwart the will of the council.
"It seems pretty clear to me that when you're trying to stop public deliberation on a matter, which is what Mayor Rolfe is doing, that's an assault on the public process and it's something we hold dear in this country.