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Shire chief received gifts, trips
Shire chief received gifts, trips

A Perth council chief executive allegedly received gifts including trips to overseas sporting matches from a supplier after he purchased more than $1.2 million of products from the company without getting quotes or going to tender.

A CCC report into the conduct of former Shire of Kalamunda chief James Trail found that during his four years at the shire and more than four years before that when he was the chief executive at the shire of Augusta Margaret River, he breached the trust placed in him as a public officer.

The CCC report found that he did not declare gifts received and did not fulfill his obligation to act impartially, without bias or favour.

Mr Trail bought IT software for both Shires from CA Technology Pty Ltd trading as CAMMS.

He allegedly received overseas and interstate trips as gifts from CAMMS, tickets to the football and cricket in Australia and overseas including cricket at Lords and golf in Dubai and Britain.

The CCC reports that in one year while at the Augusta-Margaret River shire he purchased software valued at $230,000, despite the council only approving $60,000.

The procurement did not go to tender and no other companies were asked for quotes.

Also according to the report at Kalamunda, Mr Trail bought $1 million worth of software from the same company despite the council approving around $200,000.

It is alleged all contracts were signed by Mr Trail on behalf of the council.