The immediate reinstatement of Tim Willis, the S151 Officer at Thanet District Council

The immediate reinstatement of Tim Willis, the S151 Officer at Thanet District Council

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Ramsgate Action Group (RAG) started this petition to cllr-robert.bayford@thanet.gov.uk

We call for the immediate reinstatement of Tim Willis following his outrageous and unjust suspension by TDC Chief Executive, Madeline Homer. We also call for the Leader of Thanet District Council to immediately convene a wide-ranging independent inquiry into all aspects of this affair. 

We believe the S151 officer and Director of Finances is a man of impeccable integrity and that his suspension from office was a cynical act to cover-up a toxic culture of bullying, harrassment and victimisation of TDC staff. In particular because Tim Willis refused to be party to multiple breaches of ACAS guidance and best practice in dealing with on-going formal grievances submitted to the council. 

We further believe that Mr Willis' own suspension did not comply with statutory procedures or best practice as recommended by the Local Government Association and the JNC of Local Authority Chief Officers. 

But the fact that a Chief Executive can get away such breaches and subversion of due process is not just a matter for Thanet.  It highlights a problem for all Local Authorities.  Short of the Secretary of State, no outside body now has the authority or power to intervene in such circumstances to establish the facts. 

 

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