Inquiry over manager continues

The Dunedin City Council expects an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving one of its managers to take another couple of weeks.

Council infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery said yesterday the inquiry, examining aquatic services manager Steve Prescott's private contract to stock vending machines at Moana Pool, was continuing.

A draft report by independent auditing firm Crowe Horwath had been circulated, but Mr Avery said he was yet to receive a final version.

He said the investigation was likely to take another ''week or two''.

The inquiry was launched last November after it emerged Mr Prescott had been profiting by up to $10,000 a year from a private contract to supply vending machines at the pool.

The investigation was later widened to include the handling of an earlier official information request, after the Otago Daily Times was told in early 2012 council staff were not privately profiting from the machines.

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