13 May 2011
Whistleblowing investigation around council official launched
A senior council official in one area of the country may be involved in a grievance case with her employer after it was alleged she is guilty of whistleblowing.
According to the Bury Free Press, chief executive of Suffolk County Council Andrea Hill is currently on indefinite leave form her position after the organisation requested that she stay away following "anonymous whistleblowing complaints" made against her.
Mrs Hill took up her role with the authority in 2008 and has been embroiled in controversy thanks to her role at the centre of public spending cuts during the global economic downturn, the news source stated.
She was one of the main catalysts behind the council's creation of its New Strategic Direction after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance's first budget in June 2010, which aims to "support and strengthen local democracy" but now may not even be implemented fully after ex-leader Jeremy Pembroke left the authority.
Acting leader of the council Jane Storey commented: "Andrea has agreed to remain away from work so that the review can be carried out independently."
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Posted by Richard Saunders