The Ipswich City Council is searching for an interim CEO after its current top executive, Jim Lindsay, was arrested on corruption charges.
The 53-year-old was arrested at council offices on Thursday afternoon and was taken to the Ipswich watch house.
Mr Lindsay has been the CEO of the council since May 2014 and before that worked in local council for more than 30 years.
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He was charged with official corruption and disobedience to statue law, only a day after the council’s Chief Operating Officer, Craig Maudsley, was charged with misconduct.
The flurry of charges follow an investigation which has already seen charges laid against former Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Ipswich man charged with Official Corruption following a CCC investigation. More information here: https://t.co/ssaUPrA9PV
— CCC Queensland (@CCC_QLD) September 14, 2017
Current Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said in a statement the arrest was a complete surprise and Mr Lindsay was on immediate leave.
“This comes as a shock, however we must remain resilient through a period of turmoil,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“Council will be seeking to appoint an external acting CEO in the near future.”
Mr Lindsay is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 11.