19/02/2018 - 12:12

Perth CEO takes indefinite leave

19/02/2018 - 12:12

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City of Perth chief executive Martin Mileham has taken indefinite leave, with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi explaining today that his move comes after a private investigation by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills late last year.

Perth CEO takes indefinite leave
Martin Mileham has been chief executive at the City of Perth since 2016.

City of Perth chief executive Martin Mileham has taken indefinite leave, with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi explaining today that his move comes after a private investigation by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills late last year.

The investigation was carried out from November last year until January.

Speaking with journalists at Council House, Ms Scaffidi could not confirm who had initiated the investigation but said it had cost $25,000.

"I address concerns raised into a non-council endorsed investigation conducted by an external legal firm during 2017, without the knowledge of the officer, the elected member or the full council," she said.

"Council were only made aware of this matter late last week."

Ms Scaffidi did not discuss any explicit details of the investigation. 

Ms Scaffidi said a chief executive performance review had been conducted last Friday.

Mr Mileham has been chief executive since September 2016.

The City of Perth confirmed Mr Mileham’s leave via a statement earlier today.

"The city can confirm chief executive Martin Mileham is currently on leave until further notice,” it said.

Robert Mianich, director corporate services, will be acting chief executive during this period."

Ms Scaffidi said she was concerned for Mr Mileham's wellbeing.

"Mr Mileham has understandably taken this matter personally, as anyone would and it’s caused him to go onto sick leave," she said.

“If you are under investigation you should be told first and foremost.

“I think it has come out of left field for a chief executive officer who has been working very diligently."  

The news comes after Ms Scaffidi recently returned from a four-month absence due to a State Administrative Tribunal hearing that found she breached the Local Government Act 19 times by not disclosing third party-funded travel and accommodation.

Ms Scaffidi said she believed the City could still function.

"It appears to me that these are distractions and the council is continuing to serve its citizens," she said 

"The morale is not that bad."

 

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