Bullying claim unproven

Investigation clears CEO, but Cr Fidge lodges a new complaint

Cr Julian Fidge's complaints of bullying by Rural City of Wangaratta chief executive officer, Doug Sharp, have been found unproven.

COUNCILLOR Julian Fidge’s complaints of bullying by Rural City of Wangaratta chief executive officer Doug Sharp have been found unproven.

However, in the wake of the decision, Cr Fidge said he had lodged another complaint of bullying at council.

Rural city council last Thursday finalised an internal investigation into complaints by Cr Fidge against Mr Sharp relating to provision of a council letterhead.

Council said the essence of the complaints was Cr Fidge’s claim that he was bullied by Mr Sharp, and was deliberately and repeatedly prevented from performing some of his councillor duties.

A media release about the special meeting issued yesterday said that after “thorough consideration of the matter by the council, the council found both complaints unproven”.

The conduct of the investigation was overseen by probity auditor, Bill Scales, appointed by Local Government Victoria, at a cost to council of between $40,000 and $50,000.

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