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FATE OF EDINBURGH CHIEF PAUL LOWENBERG IS UNDECIDED

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A special committee of Edinburgh City Council failed last week to conclude negotiations with chief executive Paul L...
A special committee of Edinburgh City Council failed last week to conclude negotiations with chief executive Paul Lowenberg on terms for terminating his employment.

The committee, which was set up after the council passed a motion of no confidence in Mr Lowenberg, met for four hours last Friday and is due to meet again on 22 December.

An earlier date was not possible as Lord Provost Norman Irons, who chairs the special committee, had to attend a conference in Brazil this week. Mr Irons was to give an Earth Summit keynote address.

After Friday's meeting the committee issued the following statement: 'The special committee has agreed by a majority a proposal, and discussions on the basis of that proposal are ongoing and the committee will reconvene on Wednesday 22nd at 10am'. The committee split five to two in favour of putting a proposition to Mr Lowenberg's representative.

There is speculation that the sticking point between the parties is not money but the statement which would be issued afterwards. Mr Lowenberg, who took up the post in Edinburgh in 1991, ran into conflict with members and senior officers earlier this year over plans to reorganise the council and more recently over the recruitment procedure for the contracts officer position in his department.
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