THE Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has confirmed it has received allegations Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle provided incorrect information about her home address under oath.
Councillor Glen Dewhurst questioned Cr Searle at a council meeting on February 9 in relation to her stated address.
Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie confirmed her recorded address was in Canning Vale but that
she provided an address in Kenwick while giving the oath.
Cr Dewhurst believed she had committed a serious offence and sent the matter to the CCC.
A spokesperson from the CCC said the allegations were “currently subject to the commission’s assessment processes”.
Mr Cowie said last week that providing incorrect information under oath was an offence under Section 85 of the Criminal Code.
Cr Dewhurst said he was not out to offend her but was trying to get to the bottom of the issue for the good of the ratepayers.
“The reason why I have forwarded it to the CCC is because it is a serious offence,” he said.
“These are only allegations but the ratepayers deserve to know if the mayor has misled them”
Cr Searle said she had no case to answer.
“If a person believes misconduct has occurred, the person has a right to raise this with the CCC,” she said.
“It is important to remember that raising a matter with the CCC does not mean that misconduct has actually occurred. Indeed, I believe that many matters raised in the CCC are dismissed.”
Mr Cowie confirmed he had been in contact with the Department of Local Government and Communities.
“I have raised my understanding of the issue with a senior officer in the Department of Local Government and Communities,” he said.
“It should be noted that the matter in question, which involves a declaration, relates to legislation which is not administered by the department.”
He also said the City had been contacted by the CCC about the matter.
What was said in council QUESTIONS ASKED BY CR GLENN DEWHURST
Question 1: What address is an elected member required to disclose when taking the Oath of Office?
Response: The chief executive officer advised that the Local Government (Constitution) Regulations 1998 require an elected member to
disclose his or her residential address when taking the Oath.
Question 2: Am I correct, Mayor Searle, upon giving the Oath, gave an address of 32 Edinbridge Road in Kenwick?
Response: The chief executive Officer answered, yes.
Question 3: On the 19th of October 2015, when the Mayor took the Oath, what did the City have recorded as her residential address?
Response: The chief executive officer advised that the City had the address as 6 Melaleuca Court, Canning Vale.