Corruption watchdog raids offices
The Australian Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has raided the council offices run by former Rodney District Council chief executive Rodger Kerr-Newell.
Mr Kerr-Newell moved to Halls Creek Shire, a remote region in northern Western Australia, after being demoted while on secondment to the Auckland Transition Authority, the forerunner of the amalgamated Auckland Council, in 2010.
Former Rodney director and planning development manager Lloyd Barton joined him on the Halls Creek council shortly afterwards, serving as Mr Kerr-Newell’s corporate services director.
The CCC is conducting a serious misconduct investigation, involving several local councils, and will only say at this stage that it has executed search warrants to secure evidence that will contribute to its investigation.
Shortly after the raid at the end of last month, The Halls Creek Herald newspaper reported that it had been threatened with legal action by a legal firm working for the council. Read more……..
Former Rodney District Council chief executive officer Rodger Kerr-Newell.