Andrea Hill the chief excutive of Suffolk County Council has left her post with immediate effect.

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The county council announced she would be leaving after a dismissals and appeals committee met today.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “The dismissals and appeals committee of Suffolk County Council has today concluded its investigation into the ‘whistleblowing’ allegations made against Chief Executive, Andrea Hill.

“Bullying and harassment allegations were robustly investigated by an independent firm of solicitors. Although it remains a concern that such a perception existed, the committee is satisfied that there was no evidence to support those claims or that she was responsible for the death of David White, former Head of Legal Services.

The committee wants to reassure staff that all allegations are treated extremely seriously.

“The committee also received a report into Mrs Hill’s expense claims during her tenure as chief executive.

“It has concluded that whilst there were undoubtedly claims which, in the current climate, might not represent best use of public money, the committee accepted that there was no dishonesty in the claims made.

“Following a lengthy discussion last Friday, and negotiations between representatives of both parties over the weekend, the county council can now confirm that Mrs Hill will be leaving her post with immediate effect.

“There has been significant media attention attached to Mrs Hill which has become a distraction and both parties accept that with new political leadership of Suffolk County Council in place, it is better to allow the organisation to move forward with new managerial leadership.

“The county council would like to thank Mrs Hill for all she has done over the past three years and wish her well for her future.

“The total value of compensation to be paid to Mrs Hill is £218,592. This figure includes her contractual notice period.”

25 comments

  • Johnny Norfolk 'Over paid and underperformed. This is just what goes on in the public sector.i' Another well-considered, beautifully thought-out and non-reactionary argument from 'Mr' Norfolk. Top marks.

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    Debagio

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • Wonder if the replacement will be paid more than the prime minister too? or have their income frozen like the rest of the public workers!

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    NorfolkLassie

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Debagio I couldn't agree more. The lack of insights and knowledge exercised by many of the contributors to these pages beggars belief sometimes. I am an avid reader for the high comedy on display on a daily basis. far more entertaining than the letters pages in the papers. Three hundred years ago, these same people would have been burning witches.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • If there is no wrong doing whatsoever then why is public money being spent on a full one year salary being settled to Andrea Hill to dispense with her services. We have no control about how our money is being spent and this money would be better spent on essential public services. How can such wasted money be acceptable.

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    Davecar

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • This is uncannily similar to the situation last year when the Norwich North Tory Association had all its main officers given the push by the Party. This was closely followed by a statement by one Colin Knowles (Suffolk County Councillor by weird coincidence) who said they were wonderful people who had done nothing wrong at all! Huh??? Must be something in the water at County Hall in Suffolk. As for your statement Norfolk and Good - Yup, you are absolutely right. Those on meagre salaries who wonder whether they will be able to continue to feed their families before the next wage packet comes in will be treated completely differently. Fair? Absolutely not and it is about time things started to change. Vote in a party who will not behave in this despicable way.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Good to see the back of this supercilious woman. Though she has the last laugh at us ratepayers all the way to the bank! I wonder what highly paid job she will slime her way into next

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    beverley

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • Hate to say I told you so! I predicted this months ago. Now let's see what council she turns up at next because she undoubtedly will. Let's hope the next person appointed will earn a more appropriate salary and will get a contract where a massive golden handshake doesn't come into things!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • At least she didnt sell an airport before she was paid off. In Norfolk we do difrunt.

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    keith gerrard

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Andrea Hill has been treated badly here. It seems strange that the same council that appointed her at such a high salary now dismisses her for ..... what? There seems to be no logic to what has happened here other than some council members may not have liked her style, or her approach to making savings. The allegations that have been made and investigated have now been shown to be inaccurate or untrue, so one has to also ask at what level these allegations were made to even warrant such an investigation that has undoubtedly left the council exposed to her Contract and hence the pay off. The gravy train that these councils have created should be the topic of investigation and not the individuals who have accepted the jobs offered to them at the level of pay and rations that the councils have set. The whole matter is a disgrace and waste of public money, so my question is, who is responsible for that?

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    Beady

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • What happens to her pension?

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    worried

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Hurray! What a waste of £218.000 though

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    Jacob Burns

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • I'll stick my neck out here an say Andrea Hill was treated badly. The only wrong-doing she is guilty of is acting in the same way that many MPs and executives act with public money. She was treated as a scapegoat while the Tories made their ideological cuts.

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    anglia_squared

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • I wonder how many of the public sector workers who are having their 'unaffordable' pensions slashed would be able to "leave their posts with immediate effect" and receive a payoff of nearly £220,000 ? ? ? . . . . . Presumably their pensions are unaffordable due to the money being spent on payoffs like this ?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Andrea Hill has been treated badly here. It seems strange that the same council that appointed her at such a high salary now dismisses her for ..... what? There seems to be no logic to what has happened here other than some council members may not have liked her style, or her approach to making savings. The allegations that have been made and investigated have now been shown to be inaccurate or untrue, so one has to also ask at what level these allegations were made to even warrant such an investigation that has undoubtedly left the council exposed to her Contract and hence the pay off. The gravy train that these councils have created should be the topic of investigation and not the individuals who have accepted the jobs offered to them at the level of pay and rations that the councils have set. The whole matter is a disgrace and waste of public manner, so my question is, who is responsible for that?

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    Beady

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • There's a vacancy at Fenland Andrea!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Not a bad compo package though. I wish.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • A Chief Executive should never become the story, so I am glad that this distasteful saga has finally come to an end. I hope that her replacement is better able to attract headlines for the right reasons, i.e. by delivering good local services as efficiently as possible. If their focus is on the people they serve they will soon earn the respect that eluded their predecessor.

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    a fine city

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Quite, Cuthbert, quite! I don't recall public sector workers causing the recession. Bankers gambling our money however...

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    anglia_squared

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • There is a full story on the BBC news website...which explains fully what has happened. Good to see the EDP is on the ball here.....

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    Ziggy

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Over paid and underperformed. This is just what goes on in the public sector.i

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Good to see the back of this supercilious woman. Though she has the last laugh at us ratepayers all the way to the bank! I wonder what highly paid job she will slime her way into next

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    beverley

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • Leaving aside my loathing of her intended policy of passing current council work to the private sector, the handling of Mrs Hill's tenure as leader has been bizarre. As a couple of other respondents have already alluded to, if there is nothing at all in the allegations made against her and she has done nothing wrong, then why has she received this payout? If she resigned, she deserves nothing. If she was sacked or her contract was terminated 'by mutual consent', then a year's salary for 3 year's service is way above what any normal employee is legally entitled to. Anyone who was a party to agreeing her contract should follow her out of the exit door.

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    Simon Alcock

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • "Over paid and underperformed. This is just what goes on in the public sector". So unlike those greedy and incompetent bankers and hedge fund managers in the private sector.

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    CUTHBERT. J TWILLIE

    Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Johnny Norfolk :'Over paid and underperformed. This is just what goes on in the public sector." So unlike those marvellous bankers and hedge fund managers in the private sector who have served the country so well.

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    CUTHBERT. J TWILLIE

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • I would rather see the blame went on the people who appointed her and offered her such a lucrative deal. Ms Hill was offered the money. She remains a scapegoat for bad judgement.

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    anglia_squared

    Monday, July 4, 2011

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