Healy facing charges
Former Murrindindi Shire councillor Chris Healy has been served with five charges relating to alleged misuse of position.
The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate alleges that as a former councillor, Mr Healy attempted to gain an advantage on five separate occasions by making improper use of information acquired while a councillor in written or oral submissions regarding Murrindindi Shire’s proposed rating strategy.
The Inspectorate began its investigation in March 2015. The investigation took a considerable time to complete due to the complex analysis of documents and the prioritisation of investigations into election offences in 2016.
The Inspectorate has filed the charges in relation to alleged misuse of position under section 76D(1) of the Local Government Act 1989.
Misuse of position carries a serious penalty of a $93 276 fine or up to five years’ imprisonment or both.
However, the Sentencing Act 1991 gives a magistrate discretion to reduce any penalty imposed.
‘‘This matter reflects the expectations and responsibilities of a councillor when privy to information received only as a result of holding the office of councillor,’’ chief municipal inspector David Wolf said.
‘‘As the matter is now before the courts, the Inspectorate cannot provide any further comment.’’
Mr Healy is expected to front court in June.