06 June 2011
Whistleblowing investigation continues
A senior official at a local authority is to remain on indefinite leave while circumstances surrounding an alleged instance of whistleblowing are resolved, it has emerged.
Andrea Hill, chief executive of Suffolk county council, has been on gardening leave from her role for some three months after an anonymous tip-off regarding whistleblowing was lodged against her.
It is believed that one of her members of staff was unhappy about several aspects of the way Ms Hill went about her job, such as her "domineering management style", the Guardian reports.
As a result of this, an investigation was launched and the authority has now stated that it needs more time to consider its findings, with a spokesman for the council indicating the body "was unable to resolve some of the allegations made" against the 47-year-old.
Ms Hill took up her role in 2008 and has proved unpopular in some quarters due to her role in local spending cuts, the Bury Free Press noted recently.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett