Municipal lawyers for the town of Dawson City, Yukon, are suing their former mayor for more than $40,000 in unpaid debts.

Lawyers for the town filed a civil lawsuit last week in the Yukon Supreme Court demanding $43,700 from Glen Everitt, who had been the town's mayor between 1996 and 2004.

Everitt already faces criminal charges of fraud, theft over $5,000, and breach of trust related to offences that RCMP allege took place during his tenure as mayor.

Everitt is due to appear in court on Wednesday on the criminal charges, but lawyers involved in the case say they are not yet ready to proceed.

According to court documents, Everitt had acknowledged the $43,700 in debt — arising from some payroll advances he received while in office — six years ago, but wrote the town a cheque that bounced.

Court documents say Everitt has since refused or neglected to reply to demands to pay off that debt.

Everitt has not responded to the lawsuit to date.

In April 2004, the Yukon government removed Everitt and his council from office after its own financial report found the town was $4.4 million in debt. A forensic audit released the following year blamed Everitt for the town's money woes.

The report shows Everitt was responsible for more than $100,000 in unauthorized expenditures.