Venue: The Norfolk Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contact: Committee Services Tel: 01362 656870
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from K Millbank, S Howard-Alpe and D Myers.
To note that the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 15 October 2008 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.
It was noted that the next meeting would be held on Wednesday, 15 October 2008 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.
Exclusion of Press and Public
To consider passing the following resolution:
“That under Section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.
RESOLVED that, under Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act
To consider the report of the Head of Human Resources, to be circulated at the meeting.
The report and appendices were circulated and were presented by the Deputy Chief Executive, with the assistance of the Head of Human Resources and the Head of Legal Services.
Legal opinions were provided by both the Deputy Chief Executive, in his capacity as Monitoring Officer, and the Head of Legal Services.
Having noted the circumstances within which the Officer had been off sick since August 2008 and the implications surrounding the said Officer’s contract and terms and conditions of employment, Members concluded, after a lengthy and thorough debate, that they ought to resolve this matter themselves rather than the Chief Executive as recommended in paragraph 2 of the report.
Accordingly, it was
1) the Chief Executive be asked to conduct a preliminary investigation to assess whether there was a case to answer;
2) a Panel be formed to hear whether there was a case to answer. If there was, an independent person be appointed to conduct an investigation;
3) the independent person to report to the Panel and make recommendations on the Officer’s capability and the said person’s future with the Council; and
4) the Panel be given the authority to make the final decision.
It was noted that Members of the General Purposes Committee, excluding the Members of the Panel, would be required if an appeal was lodged.