Liverpool council chief suspended on full pay after arrest

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.

Read on… https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/19/liverpool-council-chief-suspended-on-full-pay-after-arrest

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

Questions are being asked as to why Liverpool Council took FOUR MONTHS to suspend its arrested chief executive Ged Fitzgerald.

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.

Read on… http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/council-take-four-months-suspend-13641754

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.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-41313624

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.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,former-rotherham-council-boss-ged-fitzgerald-suspended-four-months-after-arrest_23873.htm

11 thoughts on “Liverpool council chief suspended on full pay after arrest

      • Dear Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council,

        You have signed / managed a contract with Broadband Development UK and BT
        to deliver “superfast” broadband to areas of South Yorkshire.

        Please publish the full contract between BDUK, BT and
        Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (or SCC/RCC/DCC/SCA), as well as any supporting documents and documents delivered by BT as part of their submission. If a BDUK boilerplate contract was used, please publish the original boilerplate contract
        in addition to the final contract signed.

        Where information is commercially sensitive, please bear in mind
        the FoI public interest guidelines; given the significant amount of
        public money invested in the framework, the fact that this
        framework must coexist with the Rural Community Broadband Fund, and
        that this contract is delivering money under state aid guidance,
        there is an extremely compelling public interest case for the
        release of the contract in full. Additionally, BT have specifically
        stated on numerous occasions in public, including to ministers of
        the Public Accounts Committee, that they would like councils to
        publish their documentation.

        Yours faithfully,
        Carl Heaton

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    • The contract with BT was signed in 2003. GF was Ch Exec from 2000-2003http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,former-rotherham-council-boss-ged-fitzgerald-suspended-four-months-after-arrest_23873.htm

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      • Yep.
        As we know a contract like this is alengthy and complex process to put in place.
        It happened on his watch.

        Then he continued business as usual when he went to lancs. Loadsa money!!!

        Never mind the workforce and council tax will pick up the tab.

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      • Yep.
        As we know a contract like this is alengthy and complex process to put in place.
        It happened on his watch.

        Then he continued business as usual when he went to lancs. Loadsa money!!!

        Never mind the workforce and council tax will pick up the tab.

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  1. The Contract with BT in 2003 was for BT Connect overseen by Cabinet member then Cllr Wyatt
    It was nothing to do with Broadband the BT Connect contract was very costly to RMBC and cost them to buy out of it ( Another Labour Failure )
    Broadband was was to be carried out in conjunction with Yorkshire forward which eventually went bust costing RMBC millions
    They then signed up with Barnsley Council and BT to do the Broadband
    That I beleive is still in force administered by. Barnsley Council

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