Caerphilly chief at centre of police probe suspended
4:10pm Friday 8th March 2013 in Campaign news
THE EMBATTLED chief executive of Caerphilly council, Anthony O’Sullivan, is to be suspended while a police investigation into the pay row at the council takes place.
The Wales Audit Office said Caerphilly council had acted unlawfully over the way pay rises of up to 20 per cent were made for senior officers, including to O’Sullivan.
Gwent Police yesterday said the matter should be investigated to ensure transparency and independence, and referred the controversy to Avon and Somerset Police, who say they are reviewing the issue.
The council released a statement this afternoon saying: "In the circumstances the Chief Executive has recognised the difficulty that this creates in terms of him fulfilling his responsibilities as Head of Paid Service, and that his continued attendance at work during this period would not be appropriate.
He has agreed, following discussions with the Leader, to be suspended from his duties pending the outcome of these investigations."
Plaid Cymru Group Leader Colin Mann said: "The damning nature of the Audit Office's report and the public outrage that has followed it, make this news unsurprising. The possibility of a police investigation has also led to a level of inevitability. From the outset, Plaid Cymru has argued that the chief executive's position is untenable and finally the council has responded.
"But people are asking where the political leadership has been throughout this whole saga. The council leader and his cabinet will face tough questions at next week's full council meeting as I and my group continue to fight in the interests of local residents."