Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been arrested and charged with extortion amid an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
Mr Pisasale was arrested by the CCC this afternoon in Ipswich and was taken to the Brisbane police watch house where he was formally charged with extortion and two other offences.
The CCC said the investigation was ongoing.
Prior to being charged, acting Ipswich Mayor Paul Tully said he and his colleagues were shocked by Mr Pisasale’s arrest.
“As I understand it, these are strictly personal matters — have nothing to do with the Ipswich City Council,” he said.
“It is a matter for Paul and his legal advisors and the Queensland judicial system.
“We had no warning that this could happen, but the city must go on and we’re going to provide positive leadership into the future,” Cr Tully said.
“Our sympathies do go out to Paul’s family who are obviously very concerned at this difficult time.
“I think people will still remember Paul whatever happens as the person who put Ipswich on the map, did a lot of economic development for the city.