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“FOOLISH IMBECILE”: Casey’s Mayor Sam Aziz goes troppo against ratepayer

SimiansamazizThe Sunday Herald Sun reveals Casey’s Mercedes Benz-driving Customs official mayor disrespects locals with rude emails. The besieged council has also revealed that tens of thousands of dollars were paid in compensation to a woman who accused Aziz’s patron, council boss Mike Tyler, of engaging in serial sexual predation against a female council employee, despite previously saying they were unable to disclose the amount because of “confidentiality.” They just make it up as they go.

Meanwhile, there are calls to split Victoria’s most populous and least popular local council, separating our Berwick (Tyler’s initial power-base) from the rest of the high-growth community.

Edition 1 – FIRSTSUN 22 APR 2012, Page 003
SUNDAY HERALD SUN
Mayor’s email insult to local
By MITCHELL TOY

LEAKED emails from the embattled Casey Council reveal its mayor calling a member of the public a “foolish imbecile” as the local government’s future rests on a knife’s edge.
As a former mayor calls for the municipality to be split in two to finally halt vicious in-fighting and allegations of entrenched corruption, details continue to emerge of chief executive Mike Tyler’s controversial harassment settlement.
While calls continue for the council to be sacked en masse, Casey’s director of corporate services, Steve Dalton, has defended the out-of-court payment to a former female employee.
“I can advise the compensation paid was less than $30,000,” Mr Dalton said. “The advice council received from its lawyers was that it would have cost over $40,000 for council to prove its innocence, with limited prospects of recovering legal costs even if successful.” (VEXNEWS: This is a furphy, costs orders frequently granted in VCAT against unsuccessful parties)
Meanwhile a leaked email from December 2010 reveals mayor Sam Aziz smacking down a local animal rescue worker who emailed to complain about high animal termination rates in the municipality.
“Don’t copy me in on your rude and misguided emails again, you foolish immature imbecile,” Cr Aziz wrote.
The worker responded, writing: “You clearly have no knowledge of your council code of practice and clearly have no regard for public views.”
Syd Pargeter, a former mayor of Berwick — which is now included in the Casey municipality — said dividing the council back into two separate municipalities might be the only pathway to a transparent council.

Discussion

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  1. Pot called the Kettle black. Aziz’s ‘yoralla smile’ in the picture says it all!

    Posted by anon | April 22, 2012, 13:02
  2. Andrew, the term ÿoralla smile’is offensive to people with disabilities and I ask that you remove it.

    The term is unacceptable and inappropriate and clearly shows that the comment made is a better example of Pot Calling Kettle…Not ON

    Posted by Anon | April 22, 2012, 16:48
  3. Rick Garotti well known Labor candidate for Jenny Macklin’s position disgraced himself at Ivanhoe RSL service today. In what is traditionally a non political event to remember all fallen Australian heros, Garotti laid a wreath “on behalf of all fallen local Labor members”.

    Jenny Macklin and Anthony Carbines just cringed. Macklin was seen talking sternly to Garotti in private after the service.

    More to follow…

    Posted by Jagajaga whisperer | April 22, 2012, 19:33
  4. Zis story relayding to my frend in zee caouncil ez fulse. You mus bulieve may fren boss.

    Posted by The One and Only Sam Aziz | April 22, 2012, 22:47
  5. So what are the odds that Slippery Pete will never return to the Speakership?

    Posted by Jiffy | April 23, 2012, 1:04
  6. I wonder if this mayor sam aziz can explain how the council he presides over can defend a ceo who has had such allegations against him after seeing what has happended to to both the former ceo of david jones and now the speaker of the federal parliament.
    how is it that these two poor excuses for men both who were in positions of great responcibility and who have fallen on their sword so to speak when the casey ceo who has had the exact same allegations raised against him being sexual harrassment, and he still remains in his job. This is a total shame and the whole counicl and the must go and go now.

    Posted by Anon | April 23, 2012, 11:01
  7. What does this say about Australian Customs employment practices?

    Australian taxpayers are forking over tens of thousands a year to this Shoddy Sam.

    Customs support this guy and everything he does at Casey Council.

    If not he should be sacked or at least stood down until the shocking Casey claims are resolved.

    Posted by Customs Implications? | April 23, 2012, 13:50
  8. 30 grand. Is that what this whole kerfuffle was about?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 23, 2012, 14:36
  9. The Mayor stood down? Aziz is no Peter Slipper.

    The allegations made are not against Cr Aziz, so why would he be stood down?

    Sounds like Luke Donnellan’s pr machine is hitting VEXNEWS again.

    Posted by Anon | April 23, 2012, 17:58
  10. So it’s OK to make ‘Simian’ cracks about Aziz, but if anyone dares to mention Solly’s religion you threaten to take your circumcised bat and balls home and close the comments? Talk about throwing stones in glass synagogues. See how much traffic you get without comments! Go on.

    Posted by chris | April 23, 2012, 19:50
  11. No Byron it’s not just about 30 grand. It’s about integrity. The council and the ceo have none

    Posted by baroonga | April 24, 2012, 0:28
  12. My friends Sammy and Pete Slipper support each other. None of us are too fussy boy or girl, we’ll have a crack at it after a drink, sing and a dance.

    Posted by Ken Capar | April 24, 2012, 0:49
  13. I can’t believe the australian customs department actually employs someone like this with his totally questionable character. Surely the powers to be of the Customs department should be told about one of their staff members and how he obviously supports sexual harassment against females.
    I pity the female staff members who he has to work with.

    Posted by Sadness but hopeful | April 24, 2012, 19:37
  14. The allegations of secual harasment happened 2 years ago. Mayor Sam Aziz has instigated 3 reviews – independet review and invited the ombudman and the auditor general. Despite the vilification here , Cr Aziz is a person of strength and accountability.

    Posted by Anon | April 25, 2012, 1:56
  15. Looking at the minutes of the recent council meetings it actually was’t sam aziz who moved the to have the ombudsman to investigate the cep mike tyler for sexual harassment. sam aziz did ask for the mac to identify an investigator to also investigate cep mike tyler but the council by the looks of it will have to pay for this investigation so its not really an independent investigation. sam aziz is no hero in this matter he has assisted in the cover up of residents money being used to pay for the settlement and I presume the legal cost of cep mike tyler. cep mike tyler should have bee forced to pay for his own legal defence. the fact is, none of the councillors are heroes in this and all should go and most definitely the cep mike tyler should go.

    Posted by Sadness but hopeful | April 25, 2012, 14:28
  16. They should wheel out loser Tammy Lobato so she can blame Labor again for everything

    Posted by Micky D | April 25, 2012, 19:59
  17. the Casey mayor is not driving his famous Merc around maybe he doesnt want to be seen because he might not want to talk to the rate payers
    I was told he attened the dawn service with his buddy mike and he didnt have time to buy an Anzac token shame shame Sam

    Posted by Toad | April 26, 2012, 18:04
  18. ***No Byron it’s not just about 30 grand. It’s about integrity***

    Uh huh. Look, the woman claimed to have been sexually harassed. That’s a hot little industry right now, you can get payback and hopefully some cash. Just ask James Ashby. In this case, Council bought her off for $30K, of which her lawyers probably got fifty percent. That’s a good deal for Casey ratepayers. The council probably spends more than that on tree planting in a local park.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 27, 2012, 0:08
  19. ***I was told he attened the dawn service with his buddy mike***

    You were told.

    While Mayor Aziz was commemorating the Anzacs, you were under your whiffy doona.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 27, 2012, 0:11
  20. Byron in Wahroonga, come clean and admit its you Sam !!!! Admit you are a constant writer on a site you publicly protest to. How can you be so publicly supportive of your mate Mike Tyler and continually cover up his sexual harassment of a female staff member. And than you have the audacity to try an attempt to turn the issue around not the victim. And you call yourself a Christian. You are nothing but a fraud and a bully and the residents are waiting for you in October. No wonder your wife drive around with Aziz1 on her car and you only rate Aziz2 on yours.

    Posted by Speak the truth Sam | April 28, 2012, 10:27
  21. Mayor Sam Aziz’s You tube is a ripper. This man really does get out on the front foot to demolish the fabrications of the ALP trying to destablise a council which is actually doing an impressive job by comparison to other councils!

    Go Sammy!

    Posted by Anon | April 29, 2012, 1:49
  22. I hear from someome who was at the famous council meeting that Sammy didnt instigate the call for the reviews it was another councillor who received a petition from some residents and put the motion up and Sammy jumped on the back of that to make himself look good

    Posted by Toad | April 29, 2012, 9:39
  23. I’m not the brightest chap or the most honest, I am a simple refugee who drives a brand new Mercedes Benz how could you think I don’t deserve to be Mayor.

    Posted by Sam Aziz | April 29, 2012, 20:50
  24. It’s great that Casey council is proud to have a bully of a man run our council. Just goes to show that all they want is our money and don’t care about anything else. Power is such a wonderful thing. Get rid of him!!

    Posted by Alison | May 2, 2012, 11:35
  25. What a discussing and disrespectful comment from the Jagajaga whisperer coward person wrote, Good on you Rick Garotti I will salute you for you courage on the day. As a Liberal voter I will encourage our members to do the same next year. Well done son. Fools don’t writes things like that about our brothers & sisters who die for our freedom. Salute

    Posted by member of the Ivanhoe RSL | May 9, 2012, 11:09

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