There are calls for a widened investigation into Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to be concluded as quickly as attainable, with the Opposition concerned the ongoing saga is tarnishing the council’s reputation.
Opposition nearby government spokesman David Templeman stated it had been almost two months since the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) released a damning report that identified Ms Scaffidi had engaged in critical misconduct.
The report detailed her failure to declare tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and travel.
Mr Templeman stated it was not great sufficient that issues raised in the report remained unresolved.
“It really is damaging for the City for Perth,” he said.
“This has gone on for too extended … there’s nonetheless no clarification about the overall allegations and findings and what is going to be completed.
“The last thing the City of Perth, as WA’s premier council, demands is a continuing query mark hanging more than the head of its leader.”
The comments came right after the ABC revealed Ms Scaffidi had threatened to resign after being told the inquiry would be widened.
Whilst she denies producing the threat, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson confirmed he had been informed of it final Friday.
The Division of Neighborhood Government has been examining the CCC report to figure out whether any disciplinary action is warranted.
Mr Simpson confirmed on Monday the department was unable to use the evidence gathered by the CCC and now had to collect its own.
Although he denied the division had launched a new investigation, the ABC has noticed an e mail sent late on Monday by City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson, which appears to show otherwise.
In it he mentioned he had “this afternoon” been served with a formal notice to confirm that two division officers “have been authorised under Component 8 of the Local Government Act to conduct an investigation into matters arising from the CCC report”.
In response to concerns from the ABC, the division issued a statement saying the authorisation was required to give its officers the powers needed to continue their investigation, which includes to interview Ms Scaffidi and other people.
Ms Scaffidi has already been interviewed by CCC officers during private examinations earlier this year.
In the statement, the department confirmed its investigations had commenced below the instruction if its director-basic and mentioned it anticipated its investigation would be completed in early 2016.
Topics: nearby-government, perth-6000