Illegality claimed in CEO sacking
The sacked former Logan Council CEO has defended her competence.
Logan City councillors voted seven to five to oust Sharon Kelsey from the CEO role last week.
Her sacking came just weeks after a matter involving Ms Kelsey and Logan City Council was listed for the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
Ms Kelsey has since defended her time in the job, saying an independent review of her seven months in the role had found her to be competent.
“Council conducted its own independent, 360-degree review of my performance,” she told the ABC.
“A number of people were consulted, it was an evidence-based review, there's no doubt whatsoever that I'm competent to be CEO of Logan City Council.”
Ms Kelsey said she wanted to be able to discuss the QIRC matters.
“I believe that there are matters there that are in the public interest and I believe that ultimately the community's smart enough to work this out — they just need to be able to have the full information,” she said.
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has written to the Logan Council to warn that Ms Kelsey's termination could be unlawful, if she was sacked due to her cooperation with the CCC's Operation Belcarra.
The CCC’s operation has focused on claims that Logan Mayor Luke Smith attempted to unlawfully influence the outcome of council decisions on development applications to benefit his campaign donors.
Logan councillor Darren Power said he agreed with the CCC.
“I believe she was sacked illegally, that's my feeling on the matter,” he told reporters.
He said councillors had not taken much notice of the CCC's letter.
“I thought it would scare the pants off a few councillors,” he said.
“I thought it was very serious, I thought it had a lot of merit and knowing the situation at hand I thought it would change a few councillors minds but it didn't — it was quickly brushed off.
“There's a lot of dirty rotten secrets being kept in that council and I can't wait for them to be exposed, it's only I think a matter of weeks for them to all come out, as you can see they're slowly coming out,” he said.