Second-wave of allegations of nepotism were "unfounded", council investigation finds
ANONYMOUS allegations of wrongdoing at Gloucester City Council are unsubstantiated, investigators have found.
Letters sent to the council, councillors and The Citizen prompted internal and external investigations over claims managers appointed staff and consultants without going through proper processes.
Among them were allegations concerning almost £350,000- worth of work with one man's consultancy firms.
But yesterday the council issued a statement, saying "there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations made".
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Special audit and governance committee chairman, Declan Wilson said yesterday: "These allegations were made against councillors, staff and even affected members of their families. I am unable to go into details because of the council's data protection obligations and because many of the allegations are potentially libellous by nature. However, I am pleased to report that both our own internal investigation and the findings of the external investigation concur in that there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations made.
"This whole episode has been very time consuming. I hope now that we can put these matters behind us and concentrate on the essential task of running services."
It comes after the council announced on Friday that regeneration director Phillip Staddon is leaving after being suspended for five months.
The council wouldn't say whether Mr Staddon had been cleared of alleged involvement in an investigation into nepotism. But in a statement issued by the council, he said he had decided to leave, partly because the council needs to shed a directorship to save money.
It is understood he left with a severance payment of around £100,000, which angered some workers who claimed Mr Staddon wanted to stay.
As a result of the original investigation into nepotism one manager was sacked, another resigned and one more disciplined after claims a post was filled unfairly.
It is understood two more sackings were made in the council's regeneration directorate over further but unrelated allegations of nepotism.