The Victorian Ombudsman has urged councillors to face up to issues and stop lying during local government investigations.
“The worst thing you can do is tell lies,” Mr Brouwer told MAV delegates.
“From time to time we get very useful disclosures from senior council officers about issues that are going wrong… you’ve got councils who have been told what’s going wrong, they’re given a chance to try and deal with it, but end up not taking any notice and going down the same track again.
In a broad-ranging speech that included insights into the role of the Ombudsman, he advised council CEOs to be aware of the fine line between managing their operations and being compromised.
“We have seen a number of incidences where the chief executive, in trying to manoeuvre that fine line, in fact has been compromised to some extent in favour of the councillors’ requirements at the expense of his duties and his responsibilities under the Local Government Act.”
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