Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive will not stand aside during police investigation

Western Telegraph: Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive will not stand aside during police investigation Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive will not stand aside during police investigation

Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones will not follow the example of his counterpart in Carmarthenshire by standing aside while police investigate 'unlawful' pension payments he received, the Western Telegraph can confirm.

On Friday it was announced that Carmarthenshire County Council chief executive Mark James would stand aside while police investigated the 'unlawful' pension payments scandal that has rocked both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire local authorities.

Today (Monday) the Western Telegraph asked if Mr Parry-Jones would also stand aside while police carried out their work.

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council, said: "The purpose of the police investigation, announced on 12th February, is to ascertain whether or not any criminal offences have taken place.

"It is not an investigation into the conduct of any individual member of staff."

Pembrokeshire County Council leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money.”

'Strip BPJ of returning officer duties'

Meanwhile, Welsh Labour AM Rebecca Evans has called for Mr Parry-Jones to be stripped of his role as Returning Officer for Wales in the European elections this May until local councillors are allowed to debate the issue properly and the police investigation has concluded.

This follows last week’s full council meeting that descended into farce after the council enlisted lawyer declared a number of people had pre-determined the outcome of the discussion which led to a walk-out and prevented a vote on suspending Mr Parry-Jones.

Rebecca Evans said: “After the embarrassing spectacle that was Friday’s ‘extraordinary meeting’ of Pembrokeshire council, it is clear that the Pembrokeshire council leadership is content to allow the debate to descend into farce rather than grapple openly and in public with the serious issues presented by the Wales Audit Office reports.

“It would now be utterly preposterous for Bryn Parry Jones to preside over the European Ballot as Returning Officer while his pension payments are still under police investigation. The public must have complete confidence in the election process, and in all of the people involved. Until  the police investigation is concluded, alternative arrangements must be made – and that means relieving Bryn Parry Jones of his Returning Officer role.”

 

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4:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

hardcheese says...

Is the man mad, we will never trust him and the people in Pembrokeshire want him out.....
Is the man mad, we will never trust him and the people in Pembrokeshire want him out..... hardcheese
  • Score: 33

4:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

South of the Landsker says...

It may be worth the WT requesting an FOI statement to see how many PCC staff have been suspended and for what reason. I understand it is quite usual for people to be suspended for quite minor reasons pending an investigation.
It may be worth the WT requesting an FOI statement to see how many PCC staff have been suspended and for what reason. I understand it is quite usual for people to be suspended for quite minor reasons pending an investigation. South of the Landsker
  • Score: 37

5:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

chizy says...

And I quote:

Pembrokeshire County Council leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money.”

Really..............
..?

You couldn't make it up.
And I quote: Pembrokeshire County Council leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money.” Really.............. ..? You couldn't make it up. chizy
  • Score: 31

6:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Welshman23 says...

This is the icing on the cake we should rename PCC the Addams family, I am sure the bloggers can put the names of the characters in the programme to current councillors. BPJ hs had £50k of benefits which is not taxable so I wonder if this was paid into an offshore account. At least the Carmarthenshire CEO had the balls to stand aside while the investigation takes place. On not our Bryn no one is saying he is guilty but have the decency to stand aside while the investigation takes place. Who is the spokes person for the council.
This is the icing on the cake we should rename PCC the Addams family, I am sure the bloggers can put the names of the characters in the programme to current councillors. BPJ hs had £50k of benefits which is not taxable so I wonder if this was paid into an offshore account. At least the Carmarthenshire CEO had the balls to stand aside while the investigation takes place. On not our Bryn no one is saying he is guilty but have the decency to stand aside while the investigation takes place. Who is the spokes person for the council. Welshman23
  • Score: 26

7:07pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ukwoody says...

Well what a surprise. Utter comtemp from BPJ and his cronies towards the electorate. So it's not in public interest to pay him whilst at home, yet they can afford a top barrister to travel down from London. BJP should be forced to stand down. Bring in the WAG to run the council and sort it out once and for all . Really dispicable. Oh and they wonder why people dont vote - why bother when it makes no difference!
Well what a surprise. Utter comtemp from BPJ and his cronies towards the electorate. So it's not in public interest to pay him whilst at home, yet they can afford a top barrister to travel down from London. BJP should be forced to stand down. Bring in the WAG to run the council and sort it out once and for all . Really dispicable. Oh and they wonder why people dont vote - why bother when it makes no difference! ukwoody
  • Score: 26

8:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Seymour Clearly says...

Jamie Adams said that under these circumstances it is difficult to see how paying the chief executive to stay at home represents effective use of public money.
How can the leader of the council make such a statement when he can happily squander public money on a barrister to perpetrate the farcical events of last Friday
The same leader can also claim expenses going back years,against regulations .
Furtermore,where was the protagonist when the Western Telegraph asked if he was going to stand aside while the enquiry took place..Do we need to add to the expense of a council spokesperson to speak on his behalf.

It appears that farmer adams is breeding a super pig.It will be known as the greedy pig.It is immune from all illnesses and a spokesman said that it is hoped that very soon it will be immune from prosecution
Jamie Adams said that under these circumstances it is difficult to see how paying the chief executive to stay at home represents effective use of public money. How can the leader of the council make such a statement when he can happily squander public money on a barrister to perpetrate the farcical events of last Friday The same leader can also claim expenses going back years,against regulations . Furtermore,where was the protagonist when the Western Telegraph asked if he was going to stand aside while the enquiry took place..Do we need to add to the expense of a council spokesperson to speak on his behalf. It appears that farmer adams is breeding a super pig.It will be known as the greedy pig.It is immune from all illnesses and a spokesman said that it is hoped that very soon it will be immune from prosecution Seymour Clearly
  • Score: 30

8:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

seaveiw says...

this man is treating the Pembrokeshire people with contempt, where is the welsh assembly in all this saga. They must take over this undemocratic council, where then hopefully the voice of the electorate will be heard.
this man is treating the Pembrokeshire people with contempt, where is the welsh assembly in all this saga. They must take over this undemocratic council, where then hopefully the voice of the electorate will be heard. seaveiw
  • Score: 27

9:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SM1968 says...

Why oh why does Mr Adams keep defending him, is he that naïve to think BPJ would stand by him if he were in trouble. Other than the ones who have already spoken out why don't they stand up to this dictatorship!
Why oh why does Mr Adams keep defending him, is he that naïve to think BPJ would stand by him if he were in trouble. Other than the ones who have already spoken out why don't they stand up to this dictatorship! SM1968
  • Score: 18

10:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Justiceforall says...

If the people of Pembrokeshire have no confidence in the PCC, it must be disbanded.
If the people of Pembrokeshire have no confidence in the PCC, it must be disbanded. Justiceforall
  • Score: 20

10:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Justiceforall says...

Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money.

What does the CEO effectively do for this payment of public money?
Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money. What does the CEO effectively do for this payment of public money? Justiceforall
  • Score: 21

8:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

teifion says...

Justiceforall wrote:
Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money.

What does the CEO effectively do for this payment of public money?
Perhaps Adams thinks differently If someone at the Council is on £20k rather than £200k PA? It's surely council policy to suspend someone at that level If complaints have been made or the Police are investigating them
[quote][p][bold]Justiceforall[/bold] wrote: Councillor Jamie Adams, added: “Given these circumstances, it is difficult to see how paying the Chief Executive to remain at home represents effective use of public money. What does the CEO effectively do for this payment of public money?[/p][/quote]Perhaps Adams thinks differently If someone at the Council is on £20k rather than £200k PA? It's surely council policy to suspend someone at that level If complaints have been made or the Police are investigating them teifion
  • Score: 22

10:02am Tue 18 Feb 14

Gogledd says...

seaveiw wrote:
this man is treating the Pembrokeshire people with contempt, where is the welsh assembly in all this saga. They must take over this undemocratic council, where then hopefully the voice of the electorate will be heard.
I wrote to the WG in October last year and the reply I got was that they were aware of PCC's failings but were taking no reaction...that was before the Auditor came to his current conclusion. I have written to them again, it will be interesting to see what comes of it...if anything..nothing I suspect and also regarding BPJ this is not the first time he has faced us off is it?
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: this man is treating the Pembrokeshire people with contempt, where is the welsh assembly in all this saga. They must take over this undemocratic council, where then hopefully the voice of the electorate will be heard.[/p][/quote]I wrote to the WG in October last year and the reply I got was that they were aware of PCC's failings but were taking no reaction...that was before the Auditor came to his current conclusion. I have written to them again, it will be interesting to see what comes of it...if anything..nothing I suspect and also regarding BPJ this is not the first time he has faced us off is it? Gogledd
  • Score: 18

10:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

Harrygrayballs says...

The despicable,deplorabl
e,contemptible,obsce
ne,underhanded
actions that this PUBLIC SERVANT has overseen lately
have plumbed even greater depths!!!
To expect him to do THE DECENT THING stretches the
imagination too much!!
How much longer can WAG wait before they take action.??
It is heartening to see that a concerned local resident is
organising a petition to WAG.
Contact information can be found on"another website"
The despicable,deplorabl e,contemptible,obsce ne,underhanded actions that this PUBLIC SERVANT has overseen lately have plumbed even greater depths!!! To expect him to do THE DECENT THING stretches the imagination too much!! How much longer can WAG wait before they take action.?? It is heartening to see that a concerned local resident is organising a petition to WAG. Contact information can be found on"another website" Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 17

11:31am Tue 18 Feb 14

teifion says...

I would say that the peasants are revolting after Fridays debacle but I'fear that's what Bryn Jones already thinks going by how he treats us :(
I would say that the peasants are revolting after Fridays debacle but I'fear that's what Bryn Jones already thinks going by how he treats us :( teifion
  • Score: 15

2:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Martin Lewis says...

Bryn Parry Jones arrives at County Hall.....

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=sztf4hcGr
B4

Classic line at 1:32
Bryn Parry Jones arrives at County Hall..... http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=sztf4hcGr B4 Classic line at 1:32 Martin Lewis
  • Score: 7

3:50pm Tue 18 Feb 14

hardcheese says...

Wales Audit Office Public Interest Report Pensions Arrangements.
Make your own mind up at how PCC operates

http://www.pembrokes
hire.public-i.tv/cor
e/portal/webcast_int
eractive/128004
Wales Audit Office Public Interest Report Pensions Arrangements. Make your own mind up at how PCC operates http://www.pembrokes hire.public-i.tv/cor e/portal/webcast_int eractive/128004 hardcheese
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

hardcheese says...

Make your own mind up at how PCC operates, for me one of the best comedy programmes I have seen for a long time..
Make your own mind up at how PCC operates, for me one of the best comedy programmes I have seen for a long time.. hardcheese
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Harrygrayballs says...

@Martin Lewis.Just tried to access the youtube address....
....................
guess what????............
....................
...............
UNAVAILABLE!!!!
@Martin Lewis.Just tried to access the youtube address.... .................... guess what????............ .................... ............... UNAVAILABLE!!!! Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 6

4:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Martin Lewis says...

It's working for me Harry, try copying and pasting the link:

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=sztf4hcGr
B4
It's working for me Harry, try copying and pasting the link: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=sztf4hcGr B4 Martin Lewis
  • Score: 6

5:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

billbob says...

well this sums bryn up perfectly, the arrogrance and the contempt he is showing towards 'his' employs and the people of pembrokeshire is unbelievable. he is sitting in his ivory tower counting his money while dumping big time on us plebs he 'rules'. 'the love of money is the root of all eveil'. the man hasnt got one shred of common decency in his bones. and as for the councillors and council officers who decide to supoort the fearless leader, shame on you.
well this sums bryn up perfectly, the arrogrance and the contempt he is showing towards 'his' employs and the people of pembrokeshire is unbelievable. he is sitting in his ivory tower counting his money while dumping big time on us plebs he 'rules'. 'the love of money is the root of all eveil'. the man hasnt got one shred of common decency in his bones. and as for the councillors and council officers who decide to supoort the fearless leader, shame on you. billbob
  • Score: 12

5:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Harrygrayballs says...

@Martin Lewis...............
....Got it..................
.....
nice wig!!!
@Martin Lewis............... ....Got it.................. ..... nice wig!!! Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Martin Lewis says...

It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.
It would be funny if it wasn't so serious. Martin Lewis
  • Score: 10

7:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

pembrokedock123 says...

South of the Landsker wrote:
It may be worth the WT requesting an FOI statement to see how many PCC staff have been suspended and for what reason. I understand it is quite usual for people to be suspended for quite minor reasons pending an investigation.
If there really is a precedent in the council HR policies and practices for officers to be suspended for 'minor reasons pending an investigation' then would it be within council HR policy for BPJ to do the same? and if so is it a breach of council HR policy for him not to do so??
[quote][p][bold]South of the Landsker[/bold] wrote: It may be worth the WT requesting an FOI statement to see how many PCC staff have been suspended and for what reason. I understand it is quite usual for people to be suspended for quite minor reasons pending an investigation.[/p][/quote]If there really is a precedent in the council HR policies and practices for officers to be suspended for 'minor reasons pending an investigation' then would it be within council HR policy for BPJ to do the same? and if so is it a breach of council HR policy for him not to do so?? pembrokedock123
  • Score: 8

7:29pm Tue 18 Feb 14

pembrokedock123 says...

Well done to Rebecca Evans. It would be ridiculous if the Returning Officer for the Euro elections were to be under police investigation. Surely WLGA and the Electoral Commission would not be happy about that? Time for someone else to have a go at counting the reducing number of voting papers at each election - I wonder why people seem to have less and less faith in the democratic system?
Well done to Rebecca Evans. It would be ridiculous if the Returning Officer for the Euro elections were to be under police investigation. Surely WLGA and the Electoral Commission would not be happy about that? Time for someone else to have a go at counting the reducing number of voting papers at each election - I wonder why people seem to have less and less faith in the democratic system? pembrokedock123
  • Score: 11

12:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

seaveiw says...

hope someone drops a quiet word in David Camerons ear today re this continuing saga
hope someone drops a quiet word in David Camerons ear today re this continuing saga seaveiw
  • Score: 5

5:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

teifion says...

seaveiw wrote:
hope someone drops a quiet word in David Camerons ear today re this continuing saga
Down to the Senedd I guess, let's see if they have a backbone or a pair of b***s
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: hope someone drops a quiet word in David Camerons ear today re this continuing saga[/p][/quote]Down to the Senedd I guess, let's see if they have a backbone or a pair of b***s teifion
  • Score: 7

8:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

South of the Landsker says...

Captain Bryn steering PCC Titanic hitting iceberg after iceberg after iceberg. Let us hope he gets into the lifeboat before this ship sinks.
Captain Bryn steering PCC Titanic hitting iceberg after iceberg after iceberg. Let us hope he gets into the lifeboat before this ship sinks. South of the Landsker
  • Score: 3

9:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM says...

parry jones and jamie adams what a joke waldorff and stadler are better equipped than this pair of pillocks
parry jones and jamie adams what a joke waldorff and stadler are better equipped than this pair of pillocks SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM
  • Score: 4

9:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM says...

not being offensive but bryn parry jones is one ignorant git worked in county hall and heard a lot of negative things bout this man not everyone is wrong
not being offensive but bryn parry jones is one ignorant git worked in county hall and heard a lot of negative things bout this man not everyone is wrong SIMONDBEAVIS@AOL.COM
  • Score: 5

2:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Tttoommy says...

anyone saw y byd ar bedwar on s4c? there's a catch up service with subtitles - apparently Bryn Jones is always busy BUT never in the council offices - wonder if he's fled somewhere that doesn't have an extradition thingy with the UK - where was jamie on Holiday over Xmas to change the subject ;-)
anyone saw y byd ar bedwar on s4c? there's a catch up service with subtitles - apparently Bryn Jones is always busy BUT never in the council offices - wonder if he's fled somewhere that doesn't have an extradition thingy with the UK - where was jamie on Holiday over Xmas to change the subject ;-) Tttoommy
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Martin Lewis says...

http://www.s4c.co.uk
/clic/e_level2.shtml
?series_id=518068192
http://www.s4c.co.uk /clic/e_level2.shtml ?series_id=518068192 Martin Lewis
  • Score: 2

2:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Harrygrayballs says...

@Ttoommy.
I believe he was in South Africa.
@Ttoommy. I believe he was in South Africa. Harrygrayballs
  • Score: 3

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