Top Gloucester council man suspended in nepotism probe
A KEY leader in Gloucester's regeneration has been suspended from work during an investigation in to allegations that family ties were unfairly used to appoint a council worker.
Phil Staddon, Gloucester City Council's director of regeneration, was suspended from work on Wednesday, The Citizen has learned.
As we revealed last month, three council workers were suspended around two months ago amid allegations of nepotism at the council.
Two managers and an officer remain suspended and it is understood questions have been raised over Mr Staddon's possible involvement in the investigation in to that case.
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Mr Staddon has worked for the council for around 12 years and the brief of his £85,000-a-year post covers the transformation of the Docks and the city centre.
None of the four suspended council employees have been found guilty of wrongdoing.
A council insider said the investiagtion relates to allegations made about a member of staff employing a member of their family and procedures not being followed.
A council spokesman said: "This is an internal matter that is currently the subject of an internal investigation."
Mr Staddon could not be contacted for comment.
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