No timescale for investigation following town clerk suspension

OUT OF OFFICE: Sue Brotherwood has been suspended on full pay pending an investigation.

OUT OF OFFICE: Sue Brotherwood has been suspended on full pay pending an investigation.

There is no indication as to when an investigation into “procedural matters” at Sudbury Town Council will come to an end.

An internal investigation, which first came to light following the suspension of town clerk Sue Brotherwood, has begun at the authority.

However, it is not clear what the probe is focusing on or why Mrs Brotherwood was asked to leave her position at the town hall.

Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne said the matter was “extremely sensitive” and fellow council members had been told not to discuss the details surrounding the investigation publicly.

Mr Osborne, who is serving as town mayor for a second time, said there was no information on how long the inquiry would take.

“There is no timescale,” he said. “We all want this situation to be resolved as soon as possible, but at the moment there is no update.”

Mrs Brotherwood was informed she had been suspended on full pay on December 23 and was then escorted from the town hall.

A confidential email was sent out to councillors to let them know what had happened.

Speaking to the Free Press last week, Mrs Brotherwood, who lives in Melford Road, said she had done nothing wrong.

“I cannot believe the allegations against me,” said the 61-year-old.

Yesterday, the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, which provides specialist advice, training and support to councils in the area, refused to comment on the investigation.

“We will not be issuing a comment on this matter,” said a spokeswoman.




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