Ithaca mayor, Ioannis Kassianos has been relieved of his duties by the minister of the interior Yannis Michelakis, after the findings against him from the relevant disciplinary board.
According to the findings, Kassianos was found to have damaged the municipality's interest. The mayor was found to have burdened municipal coffers with an outstanding debt of 8,447,955 euros that a construction firm he owned owed the state.
The mayor used his authority and tied the municipality into his personal debts.
Specifically, the tax service (DOY) of Agios Dimitrios, a suburb of Athens, had docked a fourth of his salary as against the money his company owed. However, without informing the municipal council, he tendered a negative tax statement with the excuse thatthe state's demands had been superceded by the statute of limitations, adding that his salary as mayor was not subject to confiscation.
Aftewards, the 12th DOY, again docked his pay for further debts and alerted Ithaca municipality's director of finances. Kassianos went as far as demoting the director of finances to a switchboard operator. She took recourse with justice and was reinstated to her former position
While the director was a switcboard operator, the mayor ordered the bursar to stop any cuts to his pay in favor of the state.
After a report by the relevant local government authorities he was called to answer for implicating the municipality in his personal debt and for persecuting the municipality's director of finances and was charged furthermore for sequestering official documents, dereliction of duty, not filing a statement of means and assets, and for continued absenteeism during the years 2011-2012.
Kassianos first came in to the public eye when he slapped a municipal councellor that disagreed with him.