The Dunedin City Council's alleged Citifleet fraud has
claimed another victim with the shock resignation of
infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery.
Mr Avery announced his decision to quit the council in a
media statement this afternoon, saying he accepted "the
management buck stops with me''.
That was despite not being aware of, or involved in, the
alleged fraud, or receiving information that alerted him to
it, he said.
The alleged fraud involved the sale of 152 cars and more than
$1.5 million in missing proceeds over more than a decade.
An investigation was launched after Citifleet team leader
Brent Bachop died suddenly in May, after being approached
about apparent discrepancies within the fleet.
Mr Avery was head of the council's regulatory services group,
which included Citifleet, for most of the past decade, and Mr
Bachop reported indirectly to him.
Mr Avery said the council was full of hard-working and honest
staff, and it "saddens me'' their reputations had been
"sullied'' by the alleged fraud.
Council chief executive Dr Bidrose said in the statement she
had "immense respect for the honourable action Tony has
"Tony is an exemplary public servant and it is a sign of
Tony's integrity and leadership that he had made this
Mr Avery would remain in his role while the recruitment
process to find his replacement was conducted, and would help
with the handover, Dr Bidrose said.
Mr Avery, who was born in Dunedin, joined the city council in
2000 after working in a senior role for the Otago Regional
Replacing him "won't be easy'', Dr Bidrose said.
"He will be a huge loss to the organisation.''
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