Years of chronic shire mismanagement exposed in damning State findings

Discredited former Toodyay Shire CEO Stan Scott (right) breached the shire code of ethics when he berated newly elected Cr Di Granger “in a hostile manner” at a council meeting behind closed doors in January 2018 while former shire president Brian Rayner (left), who still sits on the council, “failed to bring him to order”. Cr Granger quit the council two months later.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

MORE than half of a State Governmment inquiry’s 25 adverse findings on the Shire of Toodyay show that former CEO Scott (above, right) mismanaged shire finances and resources, failed to follow State regulations and breached the shire code of conduct with condescending and offensive behaviour.

The report also said previous councils – including under former shire president Brian Rayner who still sits on the council – had failed as an employer under local government law to conduct the relationship towards Mr Scott as that of an employee.

The report details Mr Scott’s role in four botched court cases that cost ratepayers more than $670,000 in legal fees, much of it to a firm that employed the former CEO’s son.

It said the shire “failed to adopt a policy to give guidance and direction to the CEO on matters concerning litigation on behalf of the council”.

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