The Division 12 councillor was visibly distressed along with his wife, Kerri Raedel, when talking with trueAU.NEWS about how being a councillor had been his life for a long period.
“As a councillor for the Moreton Bay Region, I have always served you, the community, with everything I have,” Cr Raedel said in a statement.
“This is because I love this community, I love being part of it, and I love being part of making the lifestyle of it better.
“My time and assets, everything I have – have exhaustively been given to this community during – and before I was a councillor – back when I owned and operated a little local signwriting business.”
In light of the charge, Cr Raedel is stood down as a councillor and can’t undertake any council business.
“My commitment to this region and community remain as strong as ever,” he said in the video above.
Further, Cr Raedel thanked those who have interacted with him as a councillor.
“I have so many to thank,” Cr Raedel exclaimed.
“Thank you to my fellow councillors and mayor.
“Thank you to the many community groups that have welcomed me into your respective families.
“This includes the Woodford Visitor Information centre, which started as my old sticker van on blocks in the middle of town.
“Thank you to all the groups and causes across the region that allowed me to support you with movie nights, event equipment, and other ways of involvement.
“A huge thank you to the tireless and dedicated Moreton Bay Regional Council staff that go above and beyond, often in the face of criticism that comes from those who don’t fully understand how operational aspects of a council are required to operate.”
Cr Raedel also acknowledged the pressure his wife and young family are under. When pressed with further questions, Cr Raedel said he couldn’t make comments relating to this case – with the matter going before the courts.
“For the time being, defending myself is going to take everything,” Cr Raedel concluded.
The Maximum penalty for the offence of official corruption is seven years imprisonment, and to be fined at the discretion of the court.
CCC Press Release: Councillor charged with official corruption – 27 June 2019
This morning 42-year-old man from Wamuran was charged with one count of official corruption following an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) into allegations of corrupt conduct relating to Moreton Bay Regional Council.
It will be alleged the man, a current councillor, corruptly received benefits including a sum of money, pre-paid travel, accommodation and advertising.
He was charged at Fortitude Valley Police Station this morning with Official Corruption, contrary to section 87(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 17 July 2019.
The CCC’s investigation remains ongoing.
The CCC will advise the Local Government Minister of today’s charge.
As the investigation remains ongoing and this matter is now before the court, is not appropriate for the CCC to comment further.
The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.