Monday, December 12, 2005

Alison Lyon leaves the den

Leaving behind a legacy of poor governance

Rumour of fact - our sources in the Council Governance Department tells us;

Alison Lyon, Melbourne City Council's Legal and Governance Officer is departing the City of Melbourne and taking up a position at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

Ms Lyon's advice to the City of Melbourne was highly questionable as was her professional ethics.

She cost the City of Melbourne $100,000's of dollars in highly questionable advice and on many occasions had generated concern about misuse of her office and possible breaches of the Local Government Act.

She was the officer responsible for spending over $60,000.00 of ratepayers money in seeking to withhold detailed election results.

The standard of Council administration under her management seriously declined. Many around the town hall had good cause to question her motives and the quality of her advice.

Ms Lyon was responsible for the management of the Council's FoI section. It appears that the State Government may have been mislead by the City of Melbourne in relation to the Council's non-performance of FoI with notable omissions to the number of decisions overturned on appeal by the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Staff were often compromised (on at least one occasion members of staff came close to being charged with giving false evidence in court proceedings) as a result of her ill-considered unprofessional advice.

She will not be missed.

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