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05 September 2014
Darebin council overlooks concerns over chief executive Rasiah Dev to boost rich pay packet
Darebin City Council offices. Photo: Gary Medlicott
An inner-city council has boosted its chief executive's pay to almost
$400,000 a year, despite a leaked internal report saying the council's customer
service "lacks functional effectiveness".
Darebin City Council has had a state government inspector overseeing its work
since January, after an Ombudsman investigation revealed misuse of council
funds, dodgy planning issues and conflicts of interest.
Despite this, and despite an outstanding bullying allegation against him,
chief executive Rasiah Dev's last week gained a pay rise from $387,000 to
His salary is topped in the metropolitan area only by Melbourne City
Council's chief executive Kathy Alexander, who is on about $420,000.
Mr Dev has overseen the council since 2010 and is set to be reappointed next
month for up to five years by a majority of Darebin's councillors.
His reappointment would come despite the wide-ranging Victorian Ombudsman
investigation into his council in 2013.
The investigation was serious enough to lead to municipal inspector Peter
Lewinsky being appointed to keep a watchful eye on the council until 2016.
Mr Dev sent an emotional and highly unusual farewell email to all 1300
Darebin staff two years ago, in which he said he had "lost the will to fight
back and decided to quit from local government".
He said he had been interviewed five times by the Ombudsman's investigators,
"and then called about 10 times on the phone" by inspectors for more questioning
over allegations at the council.
A spokesman for the council confirmed that an investigation had been
conducted into the bullying allegation from a staff member against Mr Dev, and
had now concluded. "The matter was confidential and we are unable to comment on
it," she said.
The Age has also seen a confidential report prepared for the council
as part of a restructure, which describes its customer service department as
ineffective and lacking linkages with other departments.
"Customer service in its current form is dysfunctional ... and lacks
functional effectiveness," it says. The report cites behavioural issues, poor
functioning and low morale.
A spokeswoman for the council said that its customer service team had
provided "very effective service to our community", and rated well in
theage.com.au 2 Sep 2014
In Australia one of the greatest frauds committed against the 'land occupiers' is something called 'rates '.
The 'authorities' including the judicature are fully aware of this fraud on a grand scale, yet any matters that appear regarding rate from the city council are promptly shut down by corrupt 'magistrates'.
ANYONE sitting in office under the current structure is liable for high treason.
City council are private corporations, whereas they are supposed to be departments of a state, therefore unable to collect tax (rates).
Australia the new Prison Isle, a fascist state bordering on Naziism.