CASEY chief executive officer Mike Tyler has been charged with two breaches of the Local Government Act for failing to notify the mayor and council of a conflict of interest in a matter for which he had authority.
Mr Tyler has been summonsed to appear in the Dandenong Magistrates Court on April 18.
The maximum penalty for each offence is about $16,900.
The charges arise from an investigation by the Victorian Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate.
It is alleged that as a consequence of the breach Mr Tyler committed council resources and funds on a matter in which he had a personal interest, without notifying the mayor or council as required under the legislation.
Mr Tyler and the council were named as respondents in a sexual harassment case, made by a former council employee, which was settled in a mediated hearing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2011.
A letter from the complainant’s lawyers to then-mayor Lorraine Wreford in 2010 that contained details of the claims was leaked to the media last year.
Ms Wreford, now a Liberal MP, did not tell fellow councillors about the claim.
In April last year, a motion to sack Mr Tyler was defeated 6-5 but councillors voted to refer the matter to the Municipal Association of Victoria for an independent investigation into council’s handling of the claim.
The report, prepared by a solicitor appointed by the MAV, was referred to the Local Government Inspectorate for further action.
A spokeswoman for the Inspectorate said it would make no further comment on the matter before the courts or any other matters involving the council.