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Queensland BoysTown loses top executive

The chief executive of BoysTown, Chris Stoltz, has resigned 12 months into his five-year contract amid controversy over the direction of the charity and a police investigation into fraud.

Mr Stoltz attracted criticism earlier this year when it was revealed the Catholic Church charity provided him with a luxury $840,000 house as part of his $250,000-a-year contract.

He denied he was pushed and said his resignation had nothing to do with an investigation by the Brisbane major fraud squad into alleged financial dealings by former members of BoysTown.

His predecessor, Brother Paul Smith, and several other former staff have been embroiled in allegations of financial irregularities at the Catholic Church's Link Up employment program between 1996 and 2001. Brother Smith has denied any wrongdoing.

"I have served a full year of my contract in what I think is a totally wonderful organisation," Mr Stoltz said. "However we have not found it easy to settle into Brisbane and we have decided to move back to Victoria to be closer to other family members."

"I've tendered my resignation and I have parted on amicable terms." His resignation comes after a recent exodus of senior BoysTown staff.

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Police investigate BoysTown finances (24/9/02)
BoysTown workers asked to explain records (7/8/02)
Queensland BoysTown recruits senior business executive (31/7/02)

13 Nov 2002