Two senior officers remain suspended whilst investigation continues


Cheshire East Council has confirmed that two of its senior officers remain suspended.

Chief Executive Mike Suarez has been suspended since April and Bill Norman, Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer, has been suspended since July - while an investigation into allegations relating to their conduct is undertaken.

The Investigation and Disciplinary Committee met on Thursday, 7th September, to discuss the issues raised.

Following the meeting Cheshire East Council confirmed that a decision has been taken for both Mike Suarez and Bill Norman to remain suspended whilst the investigation continues.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "Following a reconvened meeting of the council's investigation and disciplinary committee today, the council confirms that the committee has reviewed the suspensions of its chief executive Mike Suarez and director of legal services and monitoring officer Bill Norman, and the situation remains unchanged.

"It is important that the investigation into allegations of misconduct is undertaken objectively and there will be no further comment at this stage.

"As previously announced, interim arrangements to cover the responsibilities of the two roles, are in place."

In April Kath O'Dwyer was appointed as acting chief executive. Speaking at the time she said: "The chief executive's salary is £153,015 per annum.

"The leader of the council has asked me to cover the chief executive's responsibilities in Mike Suarez's absence. This brings an additional salary cost of £1291.83 per month."

Bill Norman, Cheshire East Council, Mike Suarez