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Liverpool chief suspended by disciplinary panel

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Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald has been suspended.

In a statement the council said the decision was taken by the council’s Appointments and Disciplinary Panel yesterday.

A spokesperson added: “After deliberating carefully, the panel took the decision to suspend him.

“We must stress this is a neutral act to allow an independent investigation into issues, including potential reputational impacts on the city council at the current time, to proceed.

“It is important for the city council, the panel and the chief executive that the investigator is able to make an objective assessment and therefore we are not able to make any further comment at this stage.”

Mr Fitzgerald stepped aside in May after he and three other men, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation in relation to a long-running probe into Liverpool and Lancashire CC’s joint venture with BT, Liverpool DIrect and One Connect. Both are now defunct.

Earlier this month Liverpool City Council said it would not take any further action concerning Mr Fitzgerald following the publication of a report which found he missed opportunities to tackle child sexual exploitation during his time at Rotherham MBC.

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