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Liverpool chief 'facing dismissal'

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The chief executive of Liverpool City Council was reportedly called to a meeting of the authority’s appointments and disciplinary panel last week amid expectations that his departure from the authority will soon be announced.

Ged Fitzgerald faced a recommendation for dismissal, the Liverpool Echo has reported, and this will now be reviewed and scrutinised by an independent panel.

Mr Fitzgerald was arrested last May on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation. Also arrested at the time were Lancashire CC leader Geoff Driver (Con), the county’s former chief executive Phil Halsall and the ex-chief of Liverpool Direct and Lancashire joint venture One Direct, David McElhinney. All four men were bailed until 22 May.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said at the time the arrests were related to a “wider long-running investigation into allegations of fraud”.

LGC previously reported that Mr Fitzgerald chose to “voluntarily step aside” as chief executive following the arrest and was suspended by the panel in September.

Papers for the panel’s meeting last week specify a ”report on personnel matters” would be confidentially discussed although Mr Fitzgerald was not named. 

A spokesperson for Liverpool said: “We don’t comment on individual staffing matters.”

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