Councillors’ homes searched by CCC officers
ONE of seven Logan councillors whose homes were searched by anti-corruption authorities in the early hours of the morning says he has no regrets about sacking council's chief executive officer.
The Courier-Mail can reveal the CCC search warrants targeted seven councillors who took part in the controversial vote to terminate then chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey in February.
Ms Kelsey's axing sparked a furore, as she was a whistleblower who had made corruption allegations about suspended mayor Luke Smith to the Crime and Corruption Commission last October.
She has since taken legal action against majority councillors in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission arguing her dismissal was in retaliation for her CCC complaint about Smith.
It is understood the same seven councillors - Russell Lutton, Steve Swenson, Laurie Smith, Cherie Dalley, Phil Pidgeon, Trevina Schwarz and Jennie Breene - had their homes visited by CCC officers in the early hours of the morning on June 1.
Mr Pidgeon confirmed two CCC officers visited his home at about 6.30am that morning, and seized his council phone.
He rejected media reports that his home was "raided," saying he invited the officers in and did not have his home searched.
"There was no dog squad, there were no Tasers, there were no police kicking the door down, no police surrounding the house and I wasn't in my pyjamas," he said.
"It was a simple knock at the door and a very nice police officer just asked to have a chat to me.
"After he sat there for about 15 minutes, it was really nothing serious.
"He went away then came back and said I need to take your phone. It was my council phone.
"They didn't take out any boxes, they didn't search, it was just my council phone.
"They are obviously still investigating matters to do with the previous investigation.
"We have always been happy to help them and the CCC have already been through council's computers and all that sort of stuff."
Mr Pidgeon defended his decision to terminate Ms Kesley in February and rejected a political alliance.
"I made my decision based on my own reasons and legal advice," he said.
"We made a decision, we took legal advice. This matter will be tested in the QIRC hearing and I look forward to seeing the full hearing on that but the council in my view, I have undertaken no reprisal."
Cr Breene declined to comment. The Courier-Mail has sought comment from the other five councillors. All seven councillors have denied any wrongdoing in documents at the QIRC.
A CCC spokesman confirmed it executed a number of search warrants relating to an ongoing investigation.
"As the CCC's investigation remains ongoing, it is not appropriate to comment further," he said.
As previously reported, CCC boss Alan MacSporran wrote to council ahead of the February decision on Ms Kelsey's employment warning termination could be unlawful if on the basis of her assistance with the CCC investigation.