Council boss left red-faced after email

Terry Dunn
Terry Dunn

A WIGAN council boss has been left red-faced after he signed off an email about redundancies – by discussing his plans for summer.

Terry Dunn, Head of Wigan Council’s Environment Department, wrote to update workers about plans to make dozens of people redundant.

But much to the disgust of fellow staff, he ended his letter with information about his social life.

He discussed plans to go to a punk rock festival in Blackpool and how he was looking forward to a two-week break in the Canary Islands after his wedding.

His letter read: “We are now consulting on the final stage of our restructure and you may or may not be directly impacted. If you are involved I can fully appreciate the concerns you will have and just ask for your patience...”

But after updating staff on other ongoing developments, Mr Dunn added: “On the home front; off to a punk rock festival in Blackpool this Friday. The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and the Buzzcocks are amongst the acts playing so those old enough may remember them. I am really looking forward to it as it forms a big part of my past.”

He then added: “Wedding 6 weeks this Saturday followed by 2 weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can’t wait.”

A Wigan Council spokesperson said: “Terry Dunn has been employed by Wigan Council since he was taken on as an apprentice and has worked at virtually every level of the organisation. He has known many of our staff for 20 years.

“These are tough times in local government. The restructuring process has been underway for some time. While we go through these difficult changes, we’re trying to communicate with employees as best we can.

“In staff feedback sessions, employees have asked to learn more about senior managers. Following that request, Terry has been informally including personal details about himself in his regular updates to his department. Since this began several months ago, the response from staff has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Terry meant no harm and is sorry if he’s caused offence on this occasion. He has an excellent record of handling staffing issues seriously and sensitively.”