Local Government Minister John Castrilli today announced the appointment of Dr Christopher Kendall to conduct the inquiry into the City of Canning.
Mr Castrilli said the appointment would be effective from April 1, 2013 and a final report was expected within 12 months.
In undertaking the inquiry, Dr Kendall would investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Canning between February 1, 2009 and November 27, 2012.
Dr Kendall has experience as a barrister and solicitor; a commissioner of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia; and president of the Law Society of Western Australia.
He is a highly regarded legal practitioner and was previously Dean of Law at Murdoch University and commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.
The Minister said Dr Kendall would be the inquiry panel with the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation as to whether the council should be dismissed or reinstated.
“Dr Kendall has outstanding credentials and is well placed to examine the governance and related issues at the City of Canning,” he said.
“He will also report on the matters raised in the Authorised Person’s Report of the inquiry into the City of Canning, which led to the council’s suspension.”
The report by the authorised inquiry into the City of Canning was prepared by the Department of Local Government and tabled in State Parliament in November.
It concluded there had been a serious and long-term failure by the elected council to ensure the City of Canning properly performed its functions.
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