'The director of lifelong care, Colin Johnson, has indicated to the chief executive his desire to resign from the service of the council. There are a number of matters that are currently being discussed between representatives of the council and Mr Johnson's representative.
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Press release from the Scottish National Party follows:
JOHNSON MUST STAY TO FACE THE MUSIC - GRAHAME
SNP MSP for the Borders Christine Grahame has demanded that instead of running away from the findings of the inquiry he must stay to face the music.
Ms Grahame said:
'It is totally unacceptable that the person who has been in charge of social
work in the Borders throughout the Miss X case is being allowed to leave his
post before the report has even been published.
'Instead of allowing Colin Johnson to run away from the report's findings he
must be forced to stay until the inspectorate's account is published and
face the music in the same way as Les McKeown did at Edinburgh Council.
'Borders Council has already received vast criticism over the handling of
the Miss X Case and perhaps now is the time to do the right thing and ensure
that Colin Johnson remains in his post until this investigation is over.'