Former Town of Port Hedland manager of engineering services turned Shire of Ravensthorpe chief executive Gavin Pollock has pleaded guilty to using ratepayers’ cash to pay for sex workers. Mr Pollock, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, pleaded guilty to seven corruption charges after a bombshell report was tabled in Parliament by the Corruption and Crime Commission on September 22, 2021. The report revealed Mr Pollock had used almost $55,000 of shire money to pay sex workers via a fake invoice scheme since starting as Shire of Ravensthorpe chief executive in February 2019. Shire councillors voted unanimously on September 13 to dismiss Mr Pollock at a special council meeting after the shire’s offices were raided by the Corruption and Crime Commission on August 19 last year. During the raids, the CCC seized electronic devices and records. The former chief executive created fake invoices on his office computer, printed them, prepared purchase orders, and authorised seven payments totalling $54,850. A sex worker referred to as Ms E, who had become a “supplier” to the shire as part of the scheme in March 2020, gave evidence in private hearings. Mr Pollock told the CCC he had set up the scheme to access “support services”, “emotional support” and to use Ms E as a “sounding board” at a time when he felt he was being undermined in the organisation. He told investigators that Ravensthorpe was the hardest place he had ever worked and that he was not able to trust anyone but admitted the payments were for sexual services and acknowledged: “I have to own it, wear it. I’m not ducking from that.” The CCC said it had decided to identify Mr Pollock in its investigation because public interest overrode his privacy given he was a public officer who “egregiously betrayed the trust reposed in him to manage Ravensthorpe’s affairs”. He was released on bail and is due to appear in the District Court in April. He faces possible imprisonment of up to seven years. Mr Pollock worked at the Town of Port Hedland between 2012 and 2013.