Prescott inquiry to continue next year

The investigation into a Dunedin City Council manager's private profits from vending machines at Moana Pool is to continue next year.

Council infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery yesterday confirmed the probe into aquatic services manager Steve Prescott's contract, involving independent auditor Crowe Horwath, was not expected to be completed until late January.

He had earlier hoped it might be concluded before Christmas, but that was no longer the case.

The exact completion date would depend on the availability of people, but he had nothing further to add yesterday.

The update came after it was confirmed last month Mr Prescott had been profiting from a private contract to supply vending machines at the pool.

Mr Prescott had been receiving between $6000 and $10,000 a year for the past 12 years from the deal, prompting the council to confirm it was investigating the appropriateness of the contractual arrangements.

The investigation has since been widened to include the handling of an earlier official information request, after the Otago Daily Times was told in February last year council staff were not privately profiting from the machines.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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