‘Business as usual’ despite CEO’s charges: shire

Central Goldfields Shire chief executive officer Mark Johnston.
Central Goldfields Shire chief executive officer Mark Johnston.

The Central Goldfields Shire has moved to reassure residents it is “business as usual” in the municipality, despite criminal charges levelled against chief executive officer Mark Johnston this week.

Mr Johnston is facing multiple counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception, false accounting and conflict of interest, following an investigation by the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate.

In a statement released on Tuesday, a shire spokeswoman said there would be “no change to the day-to-day running of council”.

“Residents are advised that it is business as usual at Central Goldfields Shire council. Essential services will continue to be delivered as normal,” she said.

“Central Goldfields Shire councillors will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19, to determine the process for moving forward.”

Despite saying “given the matter is now before the courts, Central Goldfields Shire council can make no further comment”, the spokeswoman also said a further statement would be issued by Thursday afternoon.