No more action: council

Mount Isa City Council CEO Emilio Cianetti and Mayor Tony McGrady.A BRISBANE-based law firm summarised that accusations against Mount Isa City Council’s chief executive officer Emilio Cianetti lacked “substance”.

King & Company Solicitors received a report compiled by Lisa Bundesen Consulting which analysed the accusations made and the evidence to support them.

The law firm recommended the Mount Isa City Council take no further action, and the council decided it would not when the findings were discussed in the full council meeting on Wednesday.

This audit cost the council $40,000 but the sum does not include costs.

The allegations against Mr Cianetti were that he influenced a decision to employ his wife after she was allegedly banned from working for the council.

Another accusation was he improperly employed his brother-in-law as the council’s head of plumbing.

The report said Mr Cianetti’s wife Danielle previously worked for the Mount Isa City Council in 2005, but an Employee Termination Record completed by the payroll officer showed she was suitable for re-employment.

She returned to the council in 2011 and was employed because she was most qualified for the position.

Evidence by her interviewer Sharon Ibardolaza – now the council’s director of corporate financial services – suggested Mr Cianetti did not know his wife even applied for the council position.

Mr Cianetti never discussed the application process with Ms Ibardolaza.

The other allegation is believed to be connected with a former council employee Ashley Cook, who is not related to Mr Cianetti.

Mr Cook was employed by the council in August 2011.

He was the only applicant for the position.

The report’s findings were discussed in closed business by city councillors despite an objection by Cr George Fortune, but Mr Cianetti left the room due to conflict of interest.

The discussion extended into the open council meeting where councillors agreed not to take further action, and an apology was made to investigated employees in the public gallery, and to Mr Cianetti.

A REPORT clearing Mount Isa City Councilemployees of corruption revealed a potential needfor slight changes in administrative procedures,which could protect others from future accusations.

An accusation suggested the council’s overseer ofworks improperly stored council concretingequipment in his garage after it was built in 2012.

The report said there was no evidence theemployee misappropriated council ownedequipment in his garage.

But he did have items of equipment stored to beused in case he was called out.

The report noted there was no official signing outprocesses for smaller equipment owned by thecouncil, which made it impossible to determine whatitems council employees were given.

The council’s chief executive officer Emilio Cianettisaid in the report that employees on call would keepequipment including witches hats, shovels, broomsand signage in their vehicles and homes so theycould attend call out jobs without going to the depotfirst.

Another allegation related to a former employeecollecting brass from council worksites, selling it andspending it on a barbecue for colleagues.

The council policy required council’s former headof plumbing Ashley Cook to receive a cheque whenselling scrap metal to Mount Isa recyclers instead ofbeing paid in cash.

It was suggested in the report that Mr Cook waspaid a small amount of cash for the scrap, but it wasnot pocketed by Mr Cook.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady acknowledged afew small administrative faults but they were“nothing of a serious nature.”

The mayor said it was not his role to makerecommendations to the chief executive officer, butany “CEO worth his salt” would considerrecommendations made in the report.

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