Well wont this open a can of worms this morning. This woman Karen Cleave, heads up the Public Service Ethical Standards, has been seemingly busted trying to pretend she was the driver of a Government car which crashed into a tree and written off with over $40,000 damage. Thank god (nobody was hurt as well) some neighbours ran out and witnessed her shenanigans. A young man (Since been identified as her 18y/o son) was seen crashing the car and was picked up by some people shortly after in another car. She was breathalysed and was negative, but what about the lad? What was the rush to get him out of there? She has been stood down…That is the good news.Now we better get a proper investigation and not a bloody cover up!
THE woman responsible for policing public service ethical standards has been stood down as police investigate a crash involving her government car.
Karen Cleave had allegedly told police she was driving the car when it hit a tree – causing about $40,000 damage – but later said her son, 18, had been behind the wheel.
Ms Cleave is CEO of the State Services Authority and a key Baillieu government adviser.
The car was a write-off after the driver lost control and hit a tree in East Malvern.
Police were told by a woman at the scene that she had been driving the car. She was breath-tested and returned a negative reading.
But a resident later told police a young man had been driving when the car skidded on to the wrong side of the road and hit the tree.
Residents are believed to have told police two adults arrived in another car soon after the crash and the young man was driven away before police arrived. The accident happened in February. Why the delay in any action? What was the department told about the crash? Surely accident reports, Insurance had to be filled out?
Detectives from Prahran Criminal Investigation Unit are believed to have interviewed Ms Cleave, who earns almost $300,000 a year.
Police would not comment on the investigation yesterday, but a brief of evidence supporting possible charges against Ms Cleave is believed to have been submitted.
The services authority, which reports directly to the Premier, is responsible for improving the governance standards and professionalism of Victoria’s public sector agencies.
Its website says it reports annually on the adherence by public officials to public sector values, employment principles, codes of conduct and standards.
Ms Cleave joined the public service in the mid-80s and has managed several high-profile projects, including the gun buyback from 1996-98, a taskforce after major floods in East Gippsland in 1998 and the inquiry into the 2002-03 bushfires.
A government spokesman said the chairman of the services authority, Bruce Hartnett, had stood aside Ms Cleave “pending the outcome of the police investigation”.
The spokesman said family members of a public servant whose car was part of a salary package were permitted to drive the vehicle.
Ms Cleave is overseas and could not be contacted yesterday.
Senior public servant stood down over car crash
By Danny Morgan ABC news
The head of the Victorian public service’s ethical standards agency has been stood down after it was alleged she made a false report to police.
In February the chief executive of the State Services Authority, Karen Cleave, made a statement to police telling them she had crashed her car into a tree at Malvern, in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.
It is understood she later changed her statement saying her son was driving.
The authority’s chairman, Bruce Hartnett, yesterday ordered Ms Cleave to stand down while the investigation continues.
As chief executive of the State Services Authority, Ms Cleave is charged with making sure the public service operates ethically and professionally.
Premier Ted Baillieu says it was appropriate that she stand aside but refused further comment because of the ongoing police investigation.