Dr John Lynch is the acting Chief Municipal Inspector (CMI) and head of the Inspectorate. He’s accountable to the Attorney General and provides reports and recommendations to councils and government.
The CMI’s functions and powers are set out in the Local Government Act 2020 (Act) and include:
- investigating council operations
- council elections
- prosecuting anyone in breach of the Act
The CMI can delegate functions and powers to Inspectors of Municipal Administration, including the ability to:
- investigate and prosecute any possible offences under the Act
- examine any possible breaches of the Act
- investigate any allegations of misconduct, serious misconduct and gross misconduct by a councillor
- apply to a Councillor Conduct Panel to make a finding of serious misconduct against a councillor
- make an application to VCAT for a finding of gross misconduct by a councillor
Dr John Lynch will act as the Chief Municipal Inspector while a replacement for Mr David Wolf is recruited.
John has practised as a solicitor in the private sector and with the Legal Aid Commission, and has held a number of legal and policy positions with the Victorian Department of Justice. He has been General Counsel and Special Counsel to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission since 2013.
Reviewed 03 April 2020