Council's message to workers in wake of shock CCC charge
A BULK email has been sent to Ipswich City Council staff in the wake of a senior council staffer being charged by the state's corruption watchdog.
Works, Parks and Recreation Chief Operating Officer Craig Maudsley will face court this month on a charge of misconduct in public office.
This morning, all staff at Ipswich City Council received an email, reminding them illegal activity would not be tolerated.
That message also came with a reminder the council, as an organisation, believes "anyone deserves the presumption of innocence".
"These are always complex situations, and it is important for us all to allow the legal process to take its course without rumour or innuendo," the email from CEO Jim Lindsay reads.
The full email is copied below;
You will have seen in the media this morning that Works, Parks and Recreation Chief Operating Officer Craig Maudsley has been charged and given notice to appear by officers of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission on a matter of alleged official misconduct. I want to assure everyone that Craig is being offered personal support through this traumatic time.
In the meantime, the Mayor has made it quite clear that there is zero tolerance when it comes to illegal activity. That has always been the case, and always will be. Integrity is at the core of this Council, and counts for everything we stand for when serving the people of Ipswich.
It's important to make a couple of things clear at this point;
- Our view as an organisation is that anyone deserves the presumption of innocence. These are always complex situations, and it is important for us all to allow the legal process to take its course without rumour or innuendo.
- This should not deter anyone from doing their jobs. We have a remarkable team of 1200 committed staff who are serving the community to the highest possible standards. Continue to do this, and hold you heads high. You are the core of this city, and that won't change.
Should you have any questions, please ring my office.
Jim (Jim Lindsay CEO)
Craig Maudsley, 54, has worked at Ipswich City Council since 1998, according to his LinkedIn profile, and has been in his current role for more than six years.
Mr Maudsley is listed on the Board of Directors as Company Secretary for the council-owned company Ipswich Motorsport Park.
The CCC has this morning confirmed it charged a 54-year-old Yamanto man yesterday, with one charge of misconduct in public office.
The corruption watchdog said it had advised Ipswich City Council.
Mr Maudsley has been suspended from work duties immediately, but with full pay.
"CCC investigators served the Notice on the Ipswich City Council employee yesterday," the statement reads.
"He will face one charge of Misconduct in Public Office contrary to section 92A(1) of the Queensland Criminal Code...
"As the CCC's investigation remains ongoing and this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further."
Mr Maudsley is due to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 27.