Victoria’s suspended police chief Frank Elsner will be facing a disciplinary hearing after two retired judges reviewed 11 allegations levied against him.
Elsner will face those allegations – eight of which were deemed serious enough to warrant further action – in two separate hearings.
Rollie Woods with the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner says the allegations against Elsner run the gamut from inappropriate social media messages to harassment.
“One order is in relation to Twitter messages that were sent out involving the spouse of one of his members, and the second one is essentially allegations of workplace harassment.”
However according to Woods, whether those hearings will lead to actual punishment still remains to be seen.
“At that discipline proceeding, that’s where really a decision will be made whether there’s enough evidence that these allegations can be substantiated and discipline given out.”
That discipline could range anywhere from a reprimand to an outright dismissal.
Woods added that seeing a chief face a disciplinary hearing is extremely unusual.
“The whole time that I’ve been involved in the administration of the police act – both as a police officer and in this position I’m in now – I’ve never seen a police chief go to a discipline proceeding before.”
In February Elsner launched a lawsuit to have the investigations into his misconduct thrown out, following an attempt in November 2016 to have the probe shut down.