Todd Cahoon, the City of Melville’s Manager of Health and Leisure Services, has been cleared of serious misconduct allegations relating to his interest in the Wave Park Group project.
It was claimed that Mr Cahoon did not properly declare the shares that he owned in the Wave Park Group, however, the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) found this to be untrue.
City of Melville CEO Dr Shayne Silcox has strongly condemned those who have “chosen to target and publicly attack” Mr Cahoon.
“I would however like to highlight that the lack of procedural fairness afforded to Mr Cahoon has been absolutely unacceptable and I personally believe it’s about time the civil was put back into society,” Dr Silcox said.
“As CEO I will be raising the issue within the Local Government Sector with all the necessary agencies to see what can be done to ensure procedural fairness and to protect officers now and in the future from being subjected to bullying and harassment from the public, simply due to their role in public service.”
“As the CEO I hope the media and the community understand the personal impacts, stress and trauma, that are caused when unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations are bandied about recklessly.”
Mr Silcox said he will also be looking into whether any of the people who he said were “promoting unsubstantiated and damaging claims” are liable to be charged with serious misconduct for “malicious and reckless reporting of allegations”.
City of Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey also hit back, saying he was now “at last able to express his disgust” with the anti-Wave Park group who spread the accusations.
“Using he professional status of a staff member and any public servant as cannon fodder for personal or political gain is unacceptable from any perspective,” he said.
“It also cast the integrity of the city and its processes under unwarranted suspicion and the entire Melville community has a right to an apology after being misled in this malicious manner.”
“One can only imagine the extreme distress this matter has caused to the staff member, his wife and young children all of whom live, work and play in the very same community.”