Council staff cleared of bullying

AN EXTERNAL report has cleared senior officers at Fraser Coast Regional Council following an investigation into claims of serious bullying.

“There has been no substantiation of any allegations made against current employees of the council,” Mayor Mick Kruger said yesterday.

In a brief statement the mayor thanked council employees for their patience since the investigation started in September.

Mr Kruger hired Brisbane-based consultants to carry out an independent investigation after a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission was referred back to the mayor earlier this year.

It was understood the allegations were made against at least two high-ranking officers.

Fourteen people, including present and former staff of the Fraser Coast council, had been nominated in the claim which was lodged by a former council employee who is believed to have resigned within the last nine months.

“Council’s executive continue to have the support of the mayor, the councillors and employees,” Mr Kruger said yesterday.

“Collectively we are looking forward to a productive 2010.

“We thank council employees and the local community for its support and patience during this time.”

At the time the complaint was made public Mr Kruger said it had possibly been sent back to the council because the CMC would not have the resources to investigate a complaint it did not consider serious.

At the same time in late September he said he expected the result of the investigation within three weeks and dismissed any suggestion of a culture of bullying at the council.

No staff members were stood down as a result of the complaint.



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