Concil Chief Exec Leaves Role

4 July 2011, 15:52 | Updated: 4 July 2011, 16:10

The Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council is leaving her 218K a year post after being cleared by an investigation into her behaviour and her use of expenses.

Andrea Hill has been on leave since Easter after the 'whistleblowing' allegations about bullying and harassment.

After weeks of speculation about her future,  committee at Suffolk County Council decided today there was 'no evidence' to support the claims of bullying, and decided there was no dishonesty in her expenses claims.  The review did consider that some of the claims may not represent the best use of public money in the current financial climate.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said:

“The Dismissals and Appeals Committee of Suffolk County Council has today (4 July 2011) concluded its investigation into the ‘whistleblowing’ allegations made against Chief Executive, Andrea Hill.

“Bullying and harassment allegations were robustly investigated by an independent firm of solicitors. Although it remains a concern that such a perception existed, the Committee is satisfied that there was no evidence to support those claims or that she was responsible for the death of David White (former Head of Legal Services). The Committee wants to reassure staff that all allegations are treated extremely seriously.

“The Committee also received a report into Mrs Hill’s expense claims during her tenure as Chief Executive.  It has concluded that whilst there were undoubtedly claims which, in the current climate, might not represent best use of public money, the Committee accepted that there was no dishonesty in the claims made.

“Following a lengthy discussion last Friday, and negotiations between representatives of both parties over the weekend, the county council can now confirm that Mrs Hill will be leaving her post with immediate effect.

“There has been significant media attention attached to Mrs Hill which has become a distraction and both parties accept that with new political leadership of Suffolk County Council in place, it is better to allow the organisation to move forward with new managerial leadership.

“The county council would like to thank Mrs Hill for all she has done over the past three years and wish her well for her future.

“The total value of compensation to be paid to Mrs Hill is £218,592.  This figure includes her contractual notice period.”