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'FAT CAT' CLERK SUSPENDED BY GOOLE

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A 'fat cat' town council clerk has been suspended pending an inquiry into his£71,000 wages, reports the Yorkshire ...
A 'fat cat' town council clerk has been suspended pending an inquiry into his£71,000 wages, reports the Yorkshire Post (p4).

Michael Wheaton, Goole town council's clerk has been suspended on full pay pending the inquiry, which will decide whether he was overpaid£4,000 in the 1995/96 financial year.

Goole, reports the Yorkshire Post, is little more than a parish council and an authority of its size would normally pay around£23,000 to a town clerk.

Mr Wheaton received a£17,000 pay rise in 1994, and a so far unpublished auditor's report was recently completed. The Yorkshire Post reports that since the auditor stepped in, Mr Wheaton had agreed to cut his wages to around£36,000.

Goole council leader Mick Armitage said the alleged irregularity in Mr Wheaton's wages for 1995-96 had been highlighted by the auditor, but that it was being treated as a separate issue from the inquiry into the original£71,000 paid to Mr Wheaton.

Mr Wheaton told the Post: 'I was naturally shocked when I was told I had been suspended.'

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