Coun­cil le­gal chief sus­pended

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CHESHIRE East has sus­pended its head of le­gal ser­vices Bill Nor­man while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to the con­duct of se­nior of­fi­cers is un­der way.

Mr Nor­man was sus­pended by the coun­cil’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee fol­low­ing a meet­ing on Fri­day (July 14).

An email sent to all coun­cil­lors by act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Kath O’Dwyer – which was seen by our sis­ter pa­per the Crewe Chron­i­cle – con­firmed the sus­pen­sion.

In the email Coun Howard Mur­ray, chair­man of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee (IDC) said: “We would stress that this sus­pen­sion is a neu­tral act taken in the in­ter­ests of both the coun­cil and the di­rec­tor of le­gal ser­vices/ mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer. It is im­por­tant that this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­taken ob­jec­tively and there­fore it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to make any fur­ther com­ment at this stage.”

Mr Nor­man has been ab­sent from work at the coun­cil for sev­eral weeks.

The email from Ms O’Dwyer added: “As no­ti­fied at the meet­ing of the staffing com­mit­tee on April 27, 2017, in­terim ar­range­ments to cover the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of this role have been in place for a num­ber of weeks to cover the post-holder’s sick­ness ab­sence.

“We en­vis­age these in­terim ar­range­ments will con­tinue dur­ing the pe­riod of the post-holder’s sus­pen­sion from duty.”

Mr Nor­man is the sec­ond of Cheshire East’s top bosses to be sus­pended by the IDC.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Suarez was sus­pended in April.

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