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SHOALHAVEN City Council general manager Russ Pigg has responded to reports about the sale of an impounded excavator in July 2010.In his statement Mr Pigg said while it was not normal practice to make public comment on staff related matters, he felt he must do so given the public statements made by Grant Shultz.“Council was first notified of an allegation concerning a staff member in relation to the disposal/sale of an impounded plant item on September 21, 2010,” Mr Pigg said.This was the day before ICAC was notified of the situation.“After the allegation was made, the ICAC was advised and consulted prior, during and after a comprehensive investigation of the allegations was conducted,” Mr Pigg said.Mr Pigg said while he was obviously concerned with the nature of the allegations he was “extremely confident” council had followed the proper processes in dealing with the matter.“Shoalhaven City Council staff are well aware and constantly reminded of their responsibilities to make ‘protected disclosures’ to the public officer or myself, if they believe something wrong is occurring in the workplace,” Mr Pigg said.“I cannot recall Mr Schultz making any reports of wrong-doing to council, though I note he appears to have made a complaint direct to ICAC on September 22, 2010, which no doubt the ICAC has appropriately considered and responded.“Council promotes ethical conduct and honesty to the highest order and any breaches are dealt with severely.”Mr Pigg confirmed that Mr Martin had resigned following the investigation.Further to this, council staff were instructed to amend the procedures involved in the disposal of impounded articles and vehicles.However, questions remain unanswered about why no moves have been undertaken to recover the excavator, why the issue has not been reported to police for possible further investigation, and why no punitive action has been taken against former ranger services manager David Martin.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.