The Dunedin City Council's Citifleet scandal has prompted
a third senior manager to resign.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose this afternoon issued
a media statement confirming the resignation of the council's
financial controller, Maree Clarke, had been accepted "with
Mrs Clarke's decision to resign meant she followed in the
footsteps of two other senior managers, Tony Avery and Kevin
Thompson, who have already resigned after details of the
council's alleged $1.5 million vehicle fraud were revealed.
Dr Bidrose said Mrs Clarke was "well regarded" by her
colleagues, and the Deloitte report made it clear she was not
aware of the alleged fraud "in any way".
However, responsibility for the council's financial reporting
and controls rested with Mrs Clarke, as financial controller,
Dr Bidrose said.
"Maree has told me that she believes the ongoing process of
improvement of the Council's systems will benefit from fresh
leadership and I have accepted her resignation on that
Dr Bidrose's statement also confirmed Mrs Clarke was among 25
past and present council staff to have bought a Citifleet
That was "normal practice" within the council at the time,
and the money she paid for it made it to the council's
account, Dr Bidrose confirmed.
Mrs Clarke's 11-year career at the council began in 2003 and
saw her promoted to financial controller in 2008.
Dr Bidrose said Mrs Clarke had "led by example" within the
council's finance team, working to achieve "the best outcomes
for the council and the city".
She had agreed to continue in her role during a transition
and recruitment period, but was expected to finish prior to