Kevin Dicks, acting Chief Executive of both Bromsgrove District Council and the Borough Council in Redditch, was heavily criticised by the Tribunal in Birmingham when it found he had unfairly dismissed another officer.
'........the tribunal also criticised several councillors from both parties including, June Griffiths, Margaret Sherrey and Peter McDonald. Other officers criticised were Mr Hazlehurst’s immediate superior, Phil Street, and Jo Pitman, the Head of Human Resources.
The tribunal awarded Mr Hazlehurst nearly £64,000, the maximum amount of compensation possible. The Judge, Alan McCarry, said the panel would have awarded him a far greater sum if it had had the power to do so.'Whilst the council replied 'We respect the judgement of the tribunal but we still maintain we acted in the interests of delivering the best services to our residents...'
The new way to run a council? Ignore unfair dismissal laws and tribunals and then argue that they acted in the interests of delivering the best services to their residents. I for one don't think £200,000 plus costs were in the best interest of delivering the best services to their residents, more like the best interest of local councillors and the CEO.
This is similar to a Trafford Council case in which they also wasted £170,000 defending a sex discrimination case.
What will happen when a council decides that 'in the interest of delivering the best services to their residents' they can also ignore other laws and Human Rights in order to stuff a member of staff or a citizen.