Central Goldfields Shire Chief Executive Officer Mark Johnston has been hit with over 40 charges following a comprehensive investigation by the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate.
Announced yesterday afternoon, the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate presented Mr Johnston with 41 charges in total including two charges under the Local Government Act relating to conflict of interest, 34 charges under the Crimes Act relating to obtaining financial advantage by deception, and five charges of false accounting.
The charges were filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court last Friday.
Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf said the charges were laid after a long and complex investigation with several matters dating back a number of years.
LGICI investigators raided the council’s shire offices in September.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Mayor Geoff Lovett has been advised of the matter, the LGICI confirmed.
The matter is listed for initial hearing at the Maryborough Magistrates Court on August 31, 2017.
In a statement, the LGICI said no further comment can be made as the matter is now before the courts.
Mr Johnston was appointed Central Goldfields Shire CEO in 1995, following amalgamation of the City of Maryborough, the former Shire of Tullaroop, Shire of Bet Bet and the Shire of Talbot and Clunes.