The chief executive of Suffolk County Council, Andrea Hill, will be leaving her post with immediate effect, it has been confirmed today.
The Dismissals and Appeals Committee of Suffolk County Council has today concluded its investigation into ‘whistleblowing’ allegations against Mrs Hill.
The committee found that there was ‘no evidence’ to support claims that Mrs Hill was responsible for the death of David White, the former head of legal services.
The committee also accepted that there was ‘no dishonesty’ in Mrs Hill’s expense claims.
A statemnent issued at lunchtime today said: “Bullying and harrassment 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.”
A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “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.”
Mrs Hill will be paid compensation of £218,592 which includes her contractual notice period.
Suffolk County Council estimated that the external procedure in this case could cost in excess of £250,000.