Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale is in the media spotlight.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale is in the media spotlight. Sarah Harvey

Paul Pisasale 'asked for wife to be given council job'

IPSWICH mayor Paul Pisasale asked for his wife to be given a council job and she was put on the payroll as an administrative assistant for 11 months, according to an ABC investigation.

Mrs Pisasale was paid a total of $14,000 for work as a casual between September 2013 and August 2014, the report says.

The council says Mrs Pisasale's duties included clerical and diary work and driving the mayor to social functions.

In response to ABC questions, Cr Pisasale and Ipswich City Council chief executive Jim Lindsay provided written statements denying the mayor had any role in the employment of his wife.

He told the ABC: "I find this attack on the Mayoress extremely distasteful."

"Given my condition with [multiple sclerosis] the former CEO made the decision to make the casual appointment rather than have me driving often at the end of very long days and nights attending official functions to represent the city.

"This support was appreciated and I had no part in the employment of my wife."

However, the ABC's investigations unit says internal council emails obtained by them show the Mayor instigated the appointment.

"I would like to trial an option where [an existing administrative assistant] and my wife Janet job share and would appreciate your views on the most appropriate way to implement this arrangement," Councillor Pisasale wrote to then-chief executive Carl Wulff in an email on August 27, 2013, the ABC said.

More on this at ABC News