Ballarat Council response to the Victorian Ombudsman report released today

News update

The City of Ballarat is aware of the Victorian Ombudsman’s report released this morning containing allegations that two of its senior officers may have acted improperly.

The City of Ballarat is committed to making Ballarat a better place for all and continuing to deliver for the community of Ballarat. Our codes of conduct also clearly outline the high ethical standards expected of Councillors and council staff.

The Council is deeply concerned and disappointed by the allegations and the findings of the Ombudsman’s report. Such allegations do not align with the City of Ballarat values and governance practices

To ensure fair and due process, Council CEO Justine Linley, is on leave while the Council is considering its formal response to the Ombudsman’s report. Mr Demeo will also be on leave after today. 

Mr Neville Ivey has been appointed Acting CEO while Ms Linley is on leave.

The wellbeing and welfare of all our employees remains a priority and we have offered our employee assistance program (EAP) to all of our staff.

While the Council is considering its formal response, it would be inappropriate to comment further and as such, the Council will not be making any further comment on the matter.


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