CE Chief Operating Officer Suspended

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Mike Suarez and Peter Bates Cheshire East

Cheshire East have issued the following press release:

"Investigation and disciplinary committee decision

Cheshire East Council's investigation and disciplinary committee reconvened today (4 December, 2017) to further consider concerns about officer conduct.

The committee reviewed its previous decisions regarding the chief operating officer and a decision has been taken to suspend him.

The chairman of the investigation and disciplinary committee, said: "We would stress that suspension is a neutral act taken in the interests of both the council and the individual. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage."

Appropriate arrangements will be put in place to ensure that the responsibilities of this role are covered.

 

This follows the hiring of a temporary senior officer in May of this year (at an initial rate of £1025 per day) so that chief operating officer Peter Bates could "focus on other responsibilities within his remit".

Chief Executive Mike Suarez was also suspended in April — on full pay of £246,000 per year — pending investigations within council over concerns regarding senior officer conduct.

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