Strathbogie Shire

STEVE Crawcour has resigned from his position as Strathbogie Shire Council chief executive officer.

The resignation comes after council met over the last few days to discuss the VAGO report and to come up with an official response.

“Steve has led the organisation to deliver significant capital works programs which have brought infrastructure in the shire up to a much higher standard,” Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Amanda McClaren said in a statement.

“He has also led significant improvements in performance levels in areas such as customer service, tourism development and waste management.”

“On behalf of council, I’d like to thank Steve for his 10 years’ service to the Strathbogie Shire and wish him all the very best for his future.”

Strathbogie Shire Council has accepted Mr Crawcour’s resignation and will look to appoint Phil Howard as interim CEO while the recruitment process for a permanent CEO takes place.

Council met earlier this week to discuss the VGO report and will be calling a special council meeting on Tuesday, July 2 when it will consider the organisation’s response to the 12 recommendations of VAGO.

While it did not find council had committed any fraud or corruption, the report showed Strathbogie Shire Council had many control failings including insufficient documentation to support reimbursement claims and approvals by the CEO and inadequate scrutiny by approvers of transactions.

According to the report, there were six occasions where the council sold motor vehicles to staff at well under, or without any market valuation.

VAGO recommended the council cease the selling of vehicles to staff in response.

In another example, the report showed an instance where $21,000 was reimbursed to a senior executive for their rent, which the council described as a salary packaging arrangement, but had no supporting documentation other than an email explaining there was a “loose agreement” between the executive and council.

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