Carl Wulff resigns as Ipswich City Council CEO

RESIGNED: Carl Wulff.
RESIGNED: Carl Wulff.

IPSWICH City Council chief executive Carl Wulff has resigned and will face more questions over official misconduct.

On November 28, Mayor Paul Pisasale referred Mr Wulff to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) over a complaint.

The allegations centre around flood recovery work done by Professional Consulting Group (PCG) for the council.

It was alleged that PCG boss Claude Walker rents a unit owned by Mr Wulff and that rent is paid by the council to PCG.

A week ago the mayor ordered an independent investigation by leading Ipswich barrister Andrew West after the CMC referred the complaint back to Ipswich City Council.

The issue came to a head after a series of meetings on Thursday evening.

"Yesterday afternoon the preliminary investigation being undertaken revealed information which led me to the conclusion that the CMC was the correct body to conduct the investigation," the mayor said yesterday.

"Immediately after becoming aware of this new information the CMC was contacted and has now taken over full control of this ongoing investigation from today.

"I have also had discussions with the CEO late yesterday and we have come to a mutual agreement whereby the CEO has left the employment of the Ipswich City Council effective today.

"I was the officer responsible and I just did what was in the best interests of the city.

"It isn't a nice thing but he did the right thing. It was a mutual agreement.

"The CMC has come in now and he will have to co-operate with them; we all will."

He appointed council chief financial officer Jim Lindsay as the acting chief executive.

"All staff have worked tirelessly over the past years to create and open an transparent council," he said.

"We will continue to do so by working hard for our residents, building community pride and improving the image of Ipswich. In the meantime, it is business as usual."

Mr Wulff was appointed Ipswich City Council chief executive in July 2006.

His contract was last renewed on July 19, 2011, and was set to run until 2016.

In September 2010, the QT reported Mr Wulff's base salary was $303,292 plus a vehicle, superannuation, annual leave and retention payment. The previous February, he made headlines after his pay jumped 26 per cent to $285,604.

At that time, the bonuses on top of his base salary meant his total remuneration package was $350,000 a year.

The QT understands Mr Wulff's contract entitled him to up to a year's salary for being terminated but he is not expected to receive the full amount.

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