A DEPARTMENT chief who featured heavily in a controversial documentary about council life in Wigan has been temporarily relieved of his duties.
Environment Service boss Terry Dunn’s responsibilities have been taken on by deputy chief executive Paul McKevitt, while an internal review takes place.
Many of the individuals involved have been deeply affected by the film and feel that their views were taken out of contextCouncil leader Lord Smith
The move is part of a raft of measures imposed by the local authority following the airing of ITV show Don’t Blame the Council last month.
All staff who appeared have been interviewed “during the first stage” of the internal review, the council said today. No further details were issued about Mr Dunn’s position.
In an email to staff today, Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, said: “Deputy Leader, Coun David Molyneux, and myself have now had the opportunity to consider the investigation’s initial findings. Many of the individuals involved have been deeply affected by the film and feel that their views were taken out of context. However the review has revealed some areas which require further investigation.
“I’d like to thank all staff for their hard work and for the many messages I have received. I know that the programme did not at all represent the work that takes place on a daily basis for the residents of Wigan. I hope that Call the Council helps to set the record straight.”
Coun James Grundy, leader of the opposition, said: “I welcome this investigation. It’s important that we all understand how incredibly hard most staff at the council work, but this programme has unearthed a number of issues which need to be addressed. I hope the council will bring forward reforms to address the problems raised as swiftly as possible.”