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Posted by: John Brace | 19th September 2017

Liverpool City Council’s Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald suspended

Liverpool City Council’s Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald suspended

                                                                    

Ged Fitzgerald (Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council) tries to explain devolution to a meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Scrutiny Panel 28th October 2015

Ged Fitzgerald (Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council) at a meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Scrutiny Panel 28th October 2015

Liverpool City Council’s Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald (pictured above) has been suspended from his position as Chief Executive by Liverpool City Council.

He was arrested in May on suspicion of both conspiracy to pervert the cause of justice and witness intimidation as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s Operation Sheridan. Operation Sheridan is a corporate corruption investigation.

Since his arrest, Ged Fitzgerald has been bailed and rebailed a number of times.

Operation Sheridan is a long running police investigation into the Lancashire County Council’s former One Connect Ltd partnership with British Telecom. Ged Fitzgerald is a former Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council.

A number of other individuals were also arrested earlier this year as part of the same investigation.

Liverpool City Council councillors were informed of the suspension yesterday evening by email from Mayor Joe Anderson which included this statement,

“We can confirm that a meeting of the City Council’s Appointments and Disciplinary Panel met today to discuss the circumstances surrounding the Chief Executive, Ged Fitzgerald.

After deliberating carefully, the Panel took the decision to suspend him.

We must stress this is a neutral act to allow an independent investigation into issues, including potential reputational impacts on the City Council at the current time, to proceed.

It is important for the City Council, the Panel and the Chief Executive that the investigator is able to make an objective assessment and therefore we are not able to make any further comment at this stage.”

A public meeting of all Liverpool City Council’s councillors meets tomorrow evening starting at 5 pm at Liverpool Town Hall.

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Responses

  1. The phrase, “Dragged, kicking and screaming” comes to mind.

  2. When is the net going to close on Wirral?

    • Somehow, Wirral seem to be the cat with infinite lives.

  3. “We must stress this is a neutral act to allow an independent investigation into issues, including potential reputational impacts on the City Council at the current time, to proceed.”
    Isn’t this why we employ a Police force, why do they need to pay someone out of Tax payers money to investgate,

    • It’s Lancashire Police investigating this matter (also called Lancashire Constabulary).

  4. G’day John

    Talking of all things criminal has “Sir Git” left the building?

    Ooroo

    James

    Did he take his Town Hall Clock with him?

    • Yes, Mr Tour has left Wirral Council and works for Sandwell Council.

      • Thanks John

        I presume he is a consultant they wouldn’t want someone with his previous employment at wirral.

        Would they?

        Ooroo

        James

        Local government surely isn’t that rotten?

        • He has been an employee of Sandwell Council before.

        • No, he’s not a consultant, he was offered the job of Monitoring Officer at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (which is an employee not a consultant).


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