Investigation into conduct of former chief executive will not proceed

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Following the resignation of it's chief executive, Cheshire East Council has confirmed that the disciplinary hearing to consider allegations in relation to Mr Suarez will not proceed.

Councillor Margaret Simon, acting chair of the cross-party investigation and disciplinary committee (IDC) of Cheshire East Council, confirmed that the two-day disciplinary hearing, which was due to commence today, was to consider allegations in relation to Mr Suarez.

Cllr Simon said: "It is confirmed that Mr Suarez resigned on 9 July 2018 with immediate effect and without notice. The resignation was accepted by Kath O' Dwyer, acting chief executive on 10 July. Mr Suarez will receive his contractual and statutory entitlement to outstanding holiday pay and salary to 9 July 2018.

"The IDC reconvened at Macclesfield Town Hall at 10.30am today. However, as the IDC can only deal with matters in relation to existing statutory officers of the council, there is no need to proceed with the disciplinary hearing, due to the resignation of Mr Suarez."

The former chief executive Michael Suarez was suspended since April 2017 after concerns were raised over his conduct.

The Council has not disclosed any details regarding the nature of the concerns raised about his conduct.

Mike Suarez joined Cheshire East Council as Chief Executive in August 2013, having experience in Local Government with several other councils. He started his local government career at the London Borough of Southwark before taking up his first Director role with Slough Borough Council. He was previously an Executive Director with the London Borough of Lambeth.

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Buster Wild
Thursday 12th July 2018 at 12:50 pm
If the Council work for us and get paid by us, why can't we just sack the lot of them.
Bob Jones
Thursday 12th July 2018 at 3:57 pm
How convenient to be able to accept his resignation so recently.
Dave Cash
Friday 13th July 2018 at 1:18 am
IMO no suspended senior Exec should be allowed to resign to avoid a critical report/disciplinary hearing. Let Nature take its course.
Jon Kelly
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 7:36 pm
Previously we had Cheshire CC for a hundred years and it was well regarded. I think we are approaching the time when we should think about scrapping Cheshire East and reforming Cheshire. There were big doubts when it formed whether the County was big enough to have the sufficient expertise in the disciplines of engineering, social services and education etc , etc. But clearly isn't even able to do the admin viably or for the Conservative Councillors to run it properly.