Cheshire East Council is expecting to spend £160,000 on external investigations which are currently being undertaken in relation to suspended senior officers during the 2017/18 financial year.
Chief Executive Michael Suarez has been suspended since April 2017 and Chief Operating Officer Peter Bates was suspended in December 2017, following a meeting of Cheshire East Council's investigation and disciplinary committee.
Additionally, four other officers within the organisation are currently suspended, to enable an investigations into allegations in respect of their conduct to be undertaken.
Figures obtained as a result of a Freedom of Information Request also showed that so far this financial year, the cost of these investigations has been £110,000.
Cheshire East declined to confirm who the other four suspended officers are saying "As they are not executive officers, it is not appropriate to provide their names or job titles."
The Council didn't provide details of how much each of these suspended officers is being paid but did confirm that they are all receiving their full salary, stating "As suspension is a neutral act, the Council continues to pay officers who are suspended at their normal salary."
Adding "Formal arrangements are in place to cover the roles of Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.
"The Council's Deputy Chief Executive is currently the Acting Chief Executive and there is an Interim Executive Director for Finance. They are in receipt of salary commensurate with these acting up arrangements."
One of our readers submitted a Freedom of Information Request towards the end of last year asking how much per month is being paid to CEC officers who have been suspended and who are under investigation for various reasons at this time.
As a result the Council confirmed that in November 2017 the figure was £35717 (gross salary) and £39525 (gross salary) in December 2017.
During the past three years 30 officers in total have been suspended from Cheshire East Council, of these 18 are no longer employed by Cheshire East Council.
Their reasons for leaving were : 8 resigned, 4 disciplinary, 1 had their contract terminated, 1 took normal retirement, 1 had a TUPE transfer, there was 1 mutual termination and 2 left as a result of gross misconduct.
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council, said "We would not be able to provide confidential information in relation to financial payments made to those staff who no longer work for the organisation. However, the Council would pay salary up to and including the termination date as well as payment for any accrued outstanding annual leave entitlement. There were no other financial arrangements or severance payments made to this group of people."
They added "The investigations in relation to suspended colleagues were undertaken internally during 2015 and 2016 and therefore there was no additional financial cost. Records are not kept to identify the time spent by employees undertaking the investigations internally in relation to suspended staff so it is not possible to provide the cost based on a proportion of their salary."
The council's Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer, Bill Norman resigned in December 2017 with immediate effect. Mr Norman had been suspended since July - while an investigation into allegations relating to his conduct were undertaken.