Former cop to oversee finances at Swans
David Parkinson. Pic: WA News

WA's former anti-terrorism boss David Parkinson has been elected to a Swan Districts board expected to quickly examine whether the club has disclosed the true nature of its dire financial position.

Swans last month announced an $806,000 loss for 2011 after claiming a change of accounting method explained the massive increase on the previously reported loss of $376,000.

Swans were also fined $25,000 last month for a series of salary cap infringements, although an arbitration session saw them successfully argue against the WA Football Commission finding that they had broken the salary cap.

Parkinson was part of a ticket with 1990 premiership captain Peter Hodyl and former board member Howard Dawson that was eager to scrutinise the club finances.

And after the former police superintendent was elected for a two- year term, Parkinson promised to instigate a forensic audit of Swan Districts' recent financial activity.

"I never imagined I would get elected," Parkinson said.

"But I can guarantee to all members that this board will be accountable for its actions and that everyone will be kept fully informed of the club's position."

Hodyl and Peter Snow were also elected for two-year terms, while former Fremantle and Swans player Matt Carr and treasurer Paul Douglas received one-year terms.

Dawson and Paul Rosair, who was filling a casual vacancy on the board, were not elected.

The Parkinson ticket was concerned that within days of announcing the massive loss, Swans reappointed coach Greg Harding for two years on improved terms.

And Parkinson was infuriated that the WAFC salary cap investigation revealed that Swans had paid three traffic infringements for player Ryan Davis.

In a letter to Swans chief executive Tom Bottrell in June, WAFC boss Gary Walton said the salary cap investigation had uncovered a series of undeclared player payments as well as erroneous record keeping.

Walton said that "transactions found in the 2011 ledgers were actually related to the players who played in season 2010 and were not contracted in 2011".

The West Australian

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