Suspended Ipswich Council CEO faces court

Mr Lindsay has been suspended from the council on full pay. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

Suspended Ipswich City Council chief executive Jim Lindsay has faced court for the first time on a charge of official corruption relating to a development application.

Mr Lindsay, 53, who has been suspended from the council on full pay, is also facing single counts each of disobedience to statute law and disclosure of a confidential document following a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

He appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where the matters were adjourned to separate dates in early November.

Court documents allege he “corruptly agreed” to receive a sum of money relating to a development application between August 1, 2016 and September 8, 2017.

Mr Lindsay is accused of “facilitating a change of use to a development application and Austin Street contract”.

Austin Steet is at Redbank Plains.

Mr Lindsay is also accused of disclosing “the existence of a confidential document” without reasonable excuse to a woman between May 28 and September 15 this year.

The final charge relates to his alleged omission to notify the CCC of “suspected corrupt conduct” between August 1, 2016 and June 22, 2017 at Ipswich, documents claim.

As part of his bail undertaking, Mr Lindsay is not permitted to have direct or indirect contact with Ipswich City Council chief operating officer Craig Maudsley and Ipswich City Council contractor Wayne Innes, except through his lawyer.

Mr Innes has been charged with a string of offences, including corruption, while Mr Maudsley is facing one count of misconduct.

The trio is part of a lengthy list of people with links to Ipswich council charged by the CCC, including former mayor Paul Pisasale.

Mr Pisasale was hit with six further charges by the corruption watchdog on Tuesday, having already been charged with extortion and attempting to pervert the course of justice and is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court again on November 7.