Police are investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when Ged Fitzgerald was in charge
The chief executive of Liverpool city council has been suspended on full pay five months after he was arrested as part of a fraud investigation.
Ged Fitzgerald was arrested in May by police investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when he was in charge there.
He was held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation but not on suspicion of fraud. He is due to answer bail later this year.
Fitzgerald stepped aside from his Liverpool role after his arrest, and was formally suspended at a disciplinary panel meeting on Monday.
Why did council take FOUR MONTHS to suspend arrested chief executive?
Questions are being asked as to why Ged Fitzgerald was still “advising” the authority while on bail as part of a fraud probe
Yesterday the council announced that the 55-year-old had been suspended after a meeting of the authority’s Appointments and Disciplinary panel met.
Mr Fitzgerald was arrested back in May on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation relating to his time as the top officer at Lancashire County Council and its joint venture with BT called One Connect.
Detectives in the fraud probe have bailed Mr Fitzgerald until November 22.
Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald suspended amid fraud probe
A council chief executive who was arrested as part of a fraud probe has been suspended.
Ged Fitzgerald stepped aside from his role at Liverpool City Council after his arrest but was suspended following a disciplinary panel meeting earlier.
He and three others were held in May as part of a police investigation into financial irregularities at a neighbouring county council.
Mr Fitzgerald’s suspension was a “neutral act”, the city council said.
Former Rotherham council boss Ged Fitzgerald suspended four months after arrest
FORMER Rotherham Council boss Ged Fitzgerald has been suspended by current employers Liverpool Council four months after being arrested over suspected financial irregularities.
It was announced in May that the Liverpool chief executive was voluntarily stepping aside from the role while a police investigation was held into his conduct while at Lancashire County Council.
But a Liverpool Council panel yesterday agreed to officially suspend Mr Fitzgerald (pictured), who was chief executive at Rotherham Borough Council from 2000 to 2003, from his post.
Mr Fitzgerald is on bail on suspicion of witness intimidation and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.