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EDINBURGH DISMISSES SERVICES HEAD

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Edinburgh City Council has summarily dismissed Richard Shield, its head of corporate services, after a disciplinary...
Edinburgh City Council has summarily dismissed Richard Shield, its head of corporate services, after a disciplinary hearing upheld two complaints about his handling of a recruitment procedure.

The decision was taken by director of planning Graham Duncan, who heard the case earlier this month. Mr Shield is expected to appeal. The two and a half day hearing considered allegations that Mr Shield contravened the council's selection and recruitment policy and wilfully failed to implement an instruction from chief executive Paul Lowenberg.

According to a council statement, Mr Shield was told not to make an appointment to the post of contracts officer without the agreement of director of personnel and management services Don Hughes.

'The allegations were found to be substantiated and amount to an irretrievable breakdown in trust and confidence between employer and employee - and that they separately constitute a gross breach of discipline', said the statement.

Mr Shield appointed the former deputy leader of Hackney LBC, Tommy Sheppard, to the contracts officer post. When he arrived to take up the post in July Mr Sheppard was told to go on special leave pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings against Mr Shield.
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