Council chief Andrea Hill takes extended leave

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SUFFOLK County Council’s chief executive Andrea Hill has taken extended leave ‘for personal reasons’.

She has not returned to work at Endeavour House, in Ipswich, following a recent holiday.

Jane Storey, the authority’s acting leader, said: “Andrea is on extended leave as agreed by myself as acting leader.”

She later confirmed it was for ‘personal reasons’.

Mrs Hill is being supported by the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives.

She has come under fire since she was appointed as the county’s chief executive three years ago for her £220,000 a year salary and her involvement in the authority’s controversial New Strategic Direction.

The trade union GMB has called on the county council to make a public statement regarding her absence.

Shaune Graham, GMB senior organiser, said: “The rate payers in Suffolk and the staff of the council including GMB members employed there are entitled to an unequivocal public statement from Suffolk County Council regarding the absence from work of Andrea Hill, chief executive of the council.”

For a full report pick up a copy of the Bury Free Press on Friday May 13.