Dunedin City Council aquatic services manager Steve Prescott
has walked away with a $7000 payment towards his legal costs
after resigning earlier this week.
Council infrastructure and services general manager Tony
Avery confirmed yesterday Mr Prescott had received the money
as a ''contribution'' towards legal fees.
Mr Prescott also received an undisclosed sum for contractual
entitlements, in lieu of notice and accrued holidays, but had
not received any additional payment, Mr Avery said but would
not disclose the entitlement sums, citing privacy.
The payments came as Mr Prescott ended his 17-year council
career yesterday, days after his decision to quit - citing
health reasons - was announced earlier this week.
Mr Prescott opted to resign after apologising for misleading
statements about the private contracts he held to restock
vending machines at Moana Pool.
He earned up to $10,000 a year for more than a decade from
the contracts, but denied any commercial link to the machines
when asked, in official information requests, by members of
the media and public.
An investigation by independent auditor Crowe Horwath, made
public this week, identified the misleading statements but
found the council knew of and had approved Mr Prescott's
That was despite the report concluding the arrangement
appeared to be a conflict of interest, which Mr Avery said on
Wednesday was unlikely to be repeated.
The decision to pay part of Mr Prescott's legal bill
recognised the contribution made by his lawyer to the report,
Mr Avery said.
''That's in recognition that it was helpful that Steve had
legal representation for the purposes of the investigation.
The investigative report recognised that was beneficial to
''I'm not sure if it's usual or not. It was a call we made at
the time in recognition of the input into that process.''