Public welcome at CCC hearing into former Dowerin CEO

Former Dowerin Shire chief executive Dacre Alcock.
Former Dowerin Shire chief executive Dacre Alcock.

INTERESTED observers from Dowerin and beyond are welcome at the Corruption and Crime Commission’s (CCC) first regional WA public examinations investigating the activities of former Shire of Dowerin chief executive Dacre Alcock.

Mr Alcock has pleaded guilty to four charges of stealing as a servant.

The public examinations will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Dowerin Community Club this Thursday and Friday.

Several witnesses will assist the CCC’s inquiry, with the added convenience of remaining close to home, and interested locals will have the opportunity to hear about an important matter that directly affected their community, and involved the theft of almost $600,000, according to a CCC statement.

The CCC said the examinations have implications far beyond Dowerin.

“Local government authorities manage more than $2 billion in rates and grants and the Commission will highlight lessons to be learned from the Shire of Dowerin experience, including the importance of robust financial policies, practices and auditing,” the CCC statement said.

“The Commission’s thorough investigation into the activities of Mr Alcock demonstrated what can happen when good policies and practices are not in place, or not adhered to by personnel holding positions of responsibility.”

The anti-corruption body said the examinations would expose how local government authorities cannot afford to be complacent and the need to ensure effective measures are in place to discourage and reduce the risk and incidence of misconduct.

“This is particularly true in regional or smaller organisations where there may be fewer people involved in transactions and individual personalities may exert significant influence,” the CCC statement said.

Mr Alcock, who used several methods to steal from his employer, has been committed for sentencing in the Perth District Court on September 30.