PREVIOUS JOB AT IPSWICH COUNCIL | Former Liverpool Council executive charged with corruption

CHARGED: Former chief executive officer Carl Wulff. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale
CHARGED: Former chief executive officer Carl Wulff. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

The former chief executive of Liverpool Council, Carl Wulff, has been charged with corruption by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission in relation to his previous term as chief executive of Ipswich Council.

CHARGED: Former chief executive officer Carl Wulff. Picture: Simon Bennett

CHARGED: Former chief executive officer Carl Wulff. Picture: Simon Bennett

Mr Wulff, 65, who was the most senior bureaucrat at Ipswich Council between 2006 and 2013, was taken to the Brisbane Watchhouse on Thursday and charged with one count of official corruption and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

His wife, Sharon Oxenbridge, was arrested on Thursday afternoon and taken to the same watchhouse where she was charged with one count of corruption.

They are both due to face court on October 24 alongside each other.

Mr Wulff is the fourth senior Ipswich Council figure facing charges as part of the Queensland corruption watchdog's ongoing investigation into the council's operations.

Mr Wulff is accused of taking money to "facilitate a fill services brokerage agreement and subsequent works" between January 1, 2012, and April 30, 2014.

The QCCC also alleged he tried to pervert the course of justice at a Logan pub on September 27.

He is accused of "influencing a witness with a false written statement in order to provide false evidence" at The Glen Hotel at Eight Mile Plains.

Mr Wulff was appointed during the tenure of former mayor Paul Pisasale and was a close confidant.

Mr Wulff resigned from Ipswich Council in December 2013 amid an earlier corruption investigation by the QCCC and took a similar role at Liverpool Council.

In 2014, he was formally cleared by the QCCC of the allegations, involving an apartment rented by Mr Wulff to a contractor working for the council.

Mr Wulff resigned from Liverpool Council last year following controversies involving asbestos dumping and the outsourcing of council services to a company owned by the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Mr Pisasale, who resigned in June amid a QCCC investigation, is facing charges of extortion, assault and attempting to pervert justice. His lawyer, Cameron McKenzie, has also been charged with extortion.

Mr Wulff's successor as chief executive, Jim Lindsay, was last month charged with official corruption and disclosure of a confidential document. The council's chief operating officer of works, parks and recreation, Craig Maudsley, was charged with misconduct in public office.

Mr Wulff is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 24.

The QCCC said that as the matter was ongoing it was unable to provide further information about the charges.