Friday 13th October, 2017
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.
The Guardian reports that Ged Fitzgerald was arrested in May by police investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when he was in charge there.
A council spokesman said Fitzgerald would continue to receive his full £200,000 a year salary while an independent investigation was carried out.
Lancashire police launched an investigation in 2013 into allegations of fraud over a £5m contract with One Connect Ltd, a joint venture between Lancashire county council and BT to run some services.
The deal was agreed by the then Conservative-led administration, whose leader, Geoff Driver, was also arrested on 22 May. It was later cancelled by a Labour-controlled administration.
In January Lancashire’s police and crime and commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, said the investigation had cost £2m to date and 22 police officers were working on it. Fitzgerald and Driver are due to answer police bail on 22 November.