Excavator scandal raises many questions about council conduct

IT was one of those stories that could qualify in the worst-kept secret category.For months, there had been whispers around the Shoalhaven about a dodgy tendering deal that had led to the forced resignation of a senior council bureaucrat.That story can now be revealed, thanks to Grant Schultz, a former police officer who feels justice has not been served because Shoalhaven City Council has not taken action to refer the matter to the police, nor has it taken steps to recover the property at the centre of the swindle.Mr Schultz makes the analogy of someone being pulled over in a stolen car but being allowed to drive on.There are certainly serious questions that need to be answered. Why did Shoalhaven City Council not pursue the matter by referring it to police? Why didn’t council take vigorous steps to recover the excavator? Why was the staff member involved allowed to resign instead of being sacked?Are there other issues of misconduct among bureaucrats that have been kept secret from ratepayers?This most unsettling matter needs to be investigated fully and openly so confidence in council can be restored. The public needs to be reassured that there is no culture of corruption among staff. Not pursuing this matter further gives rise to a perception of serious issues relating to staff conduct. Council’s apparent reluctance to take the matter further suggests it has turned a blind eye.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.