Council staffer charged by corruption watchdog

UPDATE: A former executive officer to Paul Pisasale and current Ipswich City Council staff member is the latest to face charges by the Crime and Conduct Commission.

Ben Hayward was yesterday charged at the Ipswich watch-house with one count of Misconduct in Public Office contrary to section 92A of the Criminal Code.

Since the mayoral by-election, in which Andrew Antoniolli was elected to office, Mr Hayward's position has been a senior advisor within the office of the mayor.

Ipswich City Council staff member Ben Hayward.
Ipswich City Council staff member Ben Hayward. Contributed

Ipswich City Council said it was aware that one of its administration staff had been charged today by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt said no action would be taken at this stage in relation to the staff member's employment.

He said it was important to allow the legal process to take place.

"Until such time as there's a definitive outcome, we will respect our employee's presumption of innocence," he said.

 

EARLIER

BREAKING: Ipswich man charged by corruption watchdog

A 37-year-old man from Brassall was yesterday charged with misconduct in public office following a Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into Ipswich City Council.

He was charged at the Ipswich City Watch-house with one count of misconduct in public office contrary to section 92A of the criminal code.

He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 24.

"As the investigation remains ongoing and this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further," the CCC said in a statement.



Hemp could be the answer to fixing PFAS contamination

premium_icon Hemp could be the answer to fixing PFAS contamination

Hemp plants could be the key to treating water contaminated by PFAS.

10 things to do this Easter weekend

10 things to do this Easter weekend

What's on in and around Ipswich

Sydney exhibition to showcase mother and daughter's work

premium_icon Sydney exhibition to showcase mother and daughter's work

Jocelyn Reid wants to be a photographer like her mum