Dunedin City Council manager quits

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 18:10 01/09/2014

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Dunedin City Council has announced another management casualty as alleged in-house vehicle fraud is investigated by Police.

Long-standing Group Manager Regulatory Services, Kevin Thompson, has quit.

Thompson is the second manager in a week to resign as police and the Serious Fraud Office investigate alleged fraud of millions of ratepayer dollars from the DCC Citifleet unit.

Last week, the council's general manager of infrastructure and networks Tony Avery quit, falling on his sword but stressing he was not aware or involved in the alleged fraud.

Both Avery and Thompson had a responsibility for Citifleet within their respective roles. 

Thompson, who had worked for the DCC since January 1997, was the group manager with oversight of Citifleet, DCC chief executive Sue Bidrose said as she announced the resignation this afternoon.

In the findings of a preliminary investigation by Deloitte, commissioned by the council, there was no evidence Thompson was involved, she said. 

 Unlike Avery, who is staying on until next March, Thompson leaves next month. 

Bidrose said Thompson is on leave but his last day is October 3.

Deloitte found evidence of around $1.5m loss of profits for Citifleet as a result of alleged fraudulent transactions, including the sale of 123 council vehicles carried out over the past decade.

Fairfax broke the news on June 3 that the Citifleet unit was under review and that its then team leader Brent Bachop had died suddenly at the end of May.

His death has been referred to the coroner.


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