Functions and powers of the Chief Municipal Inspector

As the head of an independent integrity agency, the Chief Municipal Inspector (CMI) is accountable to the Special Minister of State and provides reports and recommendations to councils and government.

The CMI’s functions and powers are set out in the Local Government Act 1989 (Act). The CMI may examine and investigate any matter relating to a council’s operations, or to council elections or electoral matters, and prosecute any offence under the Act.

The CMI can delegate functions and powers specified in the Act 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.

Inspectors of Municipal Administration are divided into teams of investigators and compliance auditors.

Meet the CMI

David Wolf, Chief Municipal InspectorDavid Wolf is the Chief Municipal Inspector and head of the Inspectorate. David recently returned to this role in June 2016 having established and led the Inspectorate from 2009 to 2013. David has an extensive regulatory and communications background with previous management experience and executive roles in media, corporate communications and more recently as a director with the Victorian Building Authority.

In addition to his professional roles, David holds executive positions with incorporated community organisations and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

Organisation chart

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Organisation chart - February 2017