Top secret meeting tonight will consider retirement package for unknown council officer (From Wirral Globe)
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Top secret meeting tonight will consider retirement package for unknown council officer
A MYSTERY meeting is being held at Wallasey town hall tonight where group leaders and other senior politicians have been summoned to attend a “special” hearing of the appointments committee.
The subject of the meeting is so secret not even the smallest detail about its purpose is revealed on the committee’s agenda papers, which - very unusually - are blank apart from a note saying the information is "exempt."
However the Globe has discovered councillors and chief officers will be asked to consider an Early Voluntary Retirement request – but from whom the request has been made is also top secret.
We have exhausted every avenue in our search for the relevant information to tell our readers, but we have been blanked at every turn.
However one trusted source said: “No one will tell you anything about tonight as they're sworn to secrecy. But if it’s anything like last week’s meeting when a similar retirement request was made by a very senior officer, all the councillors attending will have to hand back the papers before they leave and an officer will shred them there and then to make sure there are no leaks to the Globe.”
It is not known whether the meeting relates in any way to the suspension of council officers who have been under investigation since the audit commission published a damning report into the way the authority handled its outsourced highway maintenance contract with the Colas construction group.