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Police called in over row on Anglesey

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Police have been called in by a whistleblower over the breakdown in relations between Isle of Anglesey County Council’s managing director and senior councillors.

MD Derrick Jones left his job of two and a half years after the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (Alace) negotiated a compromise agreement that included a year’s salary.

Alace secretary Alastair Robertson said an allegation had been made to the police that Mr Jones had been harassed by a councillor.

He said Mr Jones had neither complained nor believed himself to have suffered harassment.

North Wales Police confirmed that a complaint had been received “in relation to events within the council”.

Leader Phil Fowlie (Original Independents) thanked the outgoing chief “for his contribution to the authority”.

Mr Jones said: “I leave with a heavy heart and trust my personal efforts will be built upon and strengthened for the benefit of Anglesey.”

Anglesey’s turbulent internal politics are dominated by independent factions and a history of troubled relationships.

Alace was also involved when previous chief executive Geraint Edwards left in 2006.

Mr Robertson said: “Alace has had to be involved with the departures of both the current and previous chief executives because of the exceptionally challenging political arrangements.”

A Wales Audit Office investigation, initiated after its annual audit letter noted conflict (LGC - 02/04/09) , is to report in June.

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