CLEARED: Former Ipswich City Council CEO Carl Wulff.
CLEARED: Former Ipswich City Council CEO Carl Wulff. Chris Owen

CMC clears former Council CEO Wulff

A CRIME and Misconduct Commission investigation into former Ipswich City Council CEO Carl Wulff has cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The CMC said it found no evidence that Mr Wulff improperly gained a financial benefit when his apartment was rented by a contractor with the rent paid by the council.

While the investigation would have impacted on his reputation, Mr Wulff said he held no grudges.

"It's not a surprising result. I was pretty confident it would be the outcome all the time but I'm glad it's finalised," he said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council had received the final report relating to the resignation of the former CEO and the CMC had determined it would take no further action.

 

Former CEO 'moving on'

THE position of Ipswich City Council chief executive is being advertised today but Carl Wulff won't be one of those applying.

"No. I'm doing my own private stuff now so it's not my intention to apply; you've got to move on," Mr Wulff said. "You can't hold grudges; you've just got to move on in life and get things done."

Mr Wulff resigned as council's chief executive last December after a string of reports in the media.

On November 28, Mayor Paul Pisasale referred Mr Wulff to the Crime and Misconduct Commission over a complaint.

The allegations centred on flood recovery work done by Professional Consulting Group for the council.

It was alleged PCG boss Claude Walker rented a unit owned by Mr Wulff and that rent was paid by the council to PCG.

"People might have thought I resigned because I was trying to run away from stuff; I resigned in the best interests of the organisation," Mr Wulff said.

"There was just too much media coverage. It was starting to damage the organisation so I said to the mayor the best thing I can do is resign. I advised him he was required under the Act to refer to the CMC."

Cr Pisasale issued a statement yesterday saying the council had received the final report on Mr Wulff from the CMC.

"I want to thank the CMC for their prompt investigation and conclusion," the mayor said.

"Council's handling of the situation was appropriate given the information at the time. At all times council has operated in a fully transparent manner and offered full co-operation to the CMC."

The CMC confirmed it had finalised its investigation into an allegation that Mr Wulff improperly gained a financial benefit.

"The CMC commenced an investigation into this matter on December 12, 2013, to determine whether any official misconduct had been committed by Mr Wulff.

"The CMC found no evidence that Mr Wulff committed a criminal offence or official misconduct in relation to this matter and consequently the allegation was found to be not substantiated," a spokesman said.



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