A little more information about Andrea Hill’s extended leave from her work as Suffolk County Council’s chief executive seeped out this afternoon. A council spokesman said:
The Chief Executive has been asked by the council to take additional leave so that preliminary investigations can be made into anonymous whistleblowing complaints received by the council.
Andrea Hill has agreed to remain away from work so that the review can be carried out independently.
This statement is carried on the Evening Star website this afternoon but it appears to have been too late for the printed edition.
It relates to a letter sent to the council chairman and others after the resignations of two senior managers and the sudden death of a third, about morale and work pressure in the legal department (see earlier post).
An independent inquiry into the allegations was ordered last month and although there have been widespread suggestions of a connection between this matter and Ms Hill’s extra leave, this is the first time an explicit connection has been made publicly. Details of who is to conduct the inquiry and the terms of reference have not been revealed: more to seep out in the coming days.