Chief executive suspended in tendering probe

Phil Halsall has been suspended
Phil Halsall has been suspended
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The most senior civil servant in Lancashire has been suspended from work following allegations over contract tendering.

A disciplinary investigation has been launched into the conduct of Phil Halsall, Lancashire County Council’s chief executive.

Mr Halsall, who picked up £238,774 last year including pension payments on top of his £195,000 salary, was unavailable for comment.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “The council’s Urgency Committee made the decision in a meeting held at County Hall.

“It follows an independent review of the tender process for a contract to run the council’s fleet services.

“The Urgency Committee has also appointed Jo Turton, the council’s executive director for environment, as interim chief executive with immediate effect.”

Former council leader and Conservative leader County Coun Geoff Driver said: “I don’t agree with this outrageous and disgraceful decision.”

Lib Dem leader, County Coun Bill Winlow, said: “There is still further information to be gathered and this will be looked at in a fair manner.

County Coun Jennifer Mein, the council’s leader and Labour leader, was unavailable for comment.