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Councillors call for chief’s immediate suspension

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Five county councillors have signed a formal requisition to the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council calling for an extraordinary meeting where Councillors will decide if Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones should be suspended.

It calls upon the council to refer the ‘Pensions Arrangements’ matter to the Welsh Government for investigation, and for the arrangement to be rescinded immediately,and for the Chief Executive to be suspending pending the outcome of the Welsh Government’s inquiry.

Until Friday’s Herald exclusive, no other publication had revealed that the meeting had taken place in secret session inside the Chief Executive’s office, and it has since been confirmed that the Chief Executive was present throughout the meeting and when the matter over pensions was discussed.

Cllr Miller’s requisition for the extraordinary showdown is cosigned by his fellow Labour party member Cllr Tony Wilcox, Cllr Mike Stoddart and Cllr Viv Stoddart who are both unaffiliated independents; and Plaid Cymru’s group leader, Cllr Michael Williams.

The Councillors call for the council to debate and vote on the following:
(1) The original decision to allow the pension payments to be made to individuals instead of their Local Government Pension Scheme to be rescinded;
(2) The Welsh Government to appoint an independent panel to review the legality of the decision and the circumstances surrounding the debate and decision making process;
(3) That the Chief Executive Officer be immediately suspended pending the outcome of the above inquiry.

The Chairman of the Council, Cllr Arwyn Williams, has until Monday October 7 to set a date for the meeting or to refuse the request. If Cllr Williams refuses or fails to convene a meeting, the signatories to the original requisition can then call upon the authority’s Head of Legal and Committee Services to arrange for the meeting to be held. This request cannot be refused, and the Head of Legal and Committee Services is required by the constitution to set the date of the meeting within five clear days.