Casey CEO Mike Tyler charged 

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.

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