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Bryn to take ‘leave of absence’ following Herald revelations

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CEO under fire: Bryn Parry Jones

CEO under fire: Bryn Parry Jones

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s embattled Chief Executive, Bryn Parry Jones is to step aside, it has been announced today (Aug 15).

Following a series of shocking revelations in this week’s Herald about the CEO’s conduct, IPPG leader Jamie Adams announced the embattled chief exec is to take “a period of absence” from his post.

East Williamston Councillor Jacob Williams was first to break the news on his website this morning when he reported:

“Within hours of today’s Herald going on sale, council Leader Jamie Adams issued the following press statement:

The Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, Councillor Jamie Adams, has announced that the Chief Executive, Mr Bryn Parry-Jones, is to take a period of absence with immediate effect.

Councillor Adams said: “This decision has been taken in view of the continuing speculation surrounding the Chief Executive’s position.

“It has been reached by mutual agreement between Mr Parry-Jones and myself and I believe is in the best interests of the Authority at the present time.

“There will be no further statements on this matter.”’

Last weekend Councillor Williams was the first to report on the explosive content of a letter sent to Jamie Adams by former Audit Committee Chair John Evans MBE. In that letter, Mr Evans made a series of allegations about the CEO’s conduct at a secret meeting on May 16 after the Herald revealed the identity of a Council Officer who had interfered with the minutes of a grants panel meeting.

A statement released by Cllr Adams after Cllr Williams and the Herald reported the allegations concerning Mr Evans claimed that the former Audit Chair – a former head of a multinational company – had “misinterpreted” events at the meeting. Cllr David Simpson, Cabinet spokesperson for housing, who was one of two councillors who were actually present at the May 16 meeting in the CEO’s office, told the Herald that his recollection accorded with Mr Evans’ other than in relation to the meeting’s atmosphere of alleged ‘hostility’.

Since Mr Evans’ letter’s online publication and the appearance of a series of articles on the Herald’s own website, momentum has grown for dramatic change at County Hall.

That momentum was increased today when the Herald exclusively revealed that the CEO – a Council employee – had launched an expletive-laden rant at two councillors, former British Lion Peter Morgan and local businessman Mark Edwards, following their support of a motion requesting that the CEO pay back unlawful payments made to him by the Council.

The Herald was contacted this morning by Cllr Mike Williams, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, who said:

“Without your efforts there can be little doubt that the shenanigans of County Hall would not have become so publicly known.

“I have to plead guilty as one of the original members who appointed Mr Parry Jones to his current role in 1995, despite being aware that Carmarthen had failed to appoint him, and having received numerous phone calls from then members of Llanelli Council, who up until then had employed Mr Parry Jones warning me that he had been a disaster with them, and pointing out his autocratic verging on arrogant management style.

“Mr Parry Jones is the senior civil servant in Pembrokeshire. What do the revelations of his conduct tell us about him? Can you imagine any Welsh Government officer speaking to elected members in this fashion?

“I find it alarming that the relationship has become almost incestuous between the controlling group and an officer who is supposed to serve all members, not one group.”

Mr Parry Jones’ “period of absence” is widely thought to be a desperate attempt by the Council’s ruling group to preserve its grip on the levers of power and potentially save the position of Council Leader Jamie Adams.

Councillor Adams has been repeatedly and publicly voluble in his support for the Council’s CEO, to the extent where questions have arisen about the CEO’s alleged involvement in the Council’s political processes. Such is the closeness of their working relationship that it beggars belief that Jamie Adams was not aware of issues surrounding the CEO’s conduct towards Councillors and others when crossed.

With a requisition for an Extraordinary Meeting to vote on no confidence motions against both the CEO and IPPG Leader Adams, Jamie Adams’ own position as leader of the council is hanging by a thread.

The Herald has today revealed that a widespread movement exists for the replacement of Councillor Adams with Councillor David Simpson as Council Leader. Councillor Simpson’s reputation for plain-speaking integrity, as befits a serving Justice of the Peace, is thought to be key to restoring public confidence in the Council.

The Herald’s Assistant Editor Jon Coles said:

“Enough people have “known” what has been going on for years. At last there are people prepared to say in public what they whisper in private. And – importantly – those prepared to publish it.”

http://jacobwilliams.com/6397/chief-executive-to-take-period-of-absence/

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15 Comments

  1. Norm jones

    August 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    No doubt he will remain on full pay but it’s a step in the right direction nevertheless. Now, if only Adams would do the ‘right thing’ and go too.

  2. Tomos

    August 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I hope he goes and I hope the council will not be intimidated by any threats of going to law for constructive dismissal.
    Just sack him, don’t allow early retirement or retiring due to ill health – we’ve seen too many similar cases where ppl “get off” scot free

  3. burt

    August 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    great news, congratulations to all at the Pembrokeshire Herald the voice and champion of the good people of pembs

  4. Ann Hackett

    August 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    yeah get him out and DONT LET HIM BACK

  5. Dafydd

    August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Wonderful news – although it may be a costly exercise initially,it will be for the greater good in the long run. Hopefully some of his other cronies might decide to do the honorable thing and disappear especially the yogurt salesman.

  6. Keanjo

    August 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    We owe this progress to CC Jacob Williams and his seemingly innocuous amendment which led to the C E being asked to return the unlawfully paid pension money. The CE ,unwisely refused to return the money and that led to the present situation.Well done Jacob . Now we have to wait for the police investigation into the anomalies revealed by Mike Stoddartin Pembroke Dock. Let\\\\’s hope the police report is published soon.

  7. David Leighton

    August 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    The payments were unlawful but not criminal, this does not matter! as CEO of a small county he is a figure head that requires trustworthiness and honesty; UNLAWFUL is the same as terrible and dishonest. As our representative he should have stood down. He must pay this back – he received over £20k as returning officer so this cannot be a burden – this individual is just not reliable or believable as CEO.

    Bryn – your time has come – you are lucky not to be at the sharp end of a heavy fine or even a prosecution – FULL PAY is a disgrace – how has this been arrived at?

  8. R Jonwa

    August 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

    This whole scenario is rotten to the core! Bryn Parry-Jones is nothing but a bully ,threatening and intimidating people who speak up against him.Shame on the people who are standing by him! He should have gone before now. If any member of staff in any workplace had done anything of this sort they would have been in the dock by now!!Pembrokshire Council needs a good ‘spring clean’ and a fresh start.The moral amongst staff must be at an alltime low.

  9. Anoldman

    August 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Mike Stoddart, Jacob Williams, Paul Miller and The Pembrokeshire Herald. A Big THANK YOU!

  10. Sue

    August 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    It beggars belief that Bryn Parry Jones was ever appointed CEO in the face of well-publicised warnings from other West Wales authorities, and we have been saddled with his maladministration for nearly 20 years. As an unelected representative he has enjoyed greater security of tenure than an MP or AM, or even a County Councillor, and the only way to oust him has been by exposing failings. At last the man who values self interest over public service has slipped on the banana skin of damning evidence. A clean sweep of the pervading rot and a revitalised Council to follow, please – how we need it!

  11. Frank

    August 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I’m very glad to hear this. It’s a pity that he had to be crow-barred out, and is no doubt, even as we speak, licking his wounds and feeling very hard done by. Once again, the sooner all these people swanning around County Hall with their noses in the air,(as well as in the trough!)remember that they are there for our benefit and not their own, the better it will be.

  12. Morlais

    August 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Wonder If Jacob is the new king maker, never had a King Jacob have we, never mind King Bryn was pr0bably a first too 🙁

  13. Delia

    August 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Remember Jamie Adams campaigning to become elected as a councillor? Told me he was going to fight the corruption in the council and stand up for Pembrokeshire. What went wrong? Once elected he did the opposite and jumped into the corporate bed with all the other supporters of BPJ and corruption. What strangle holds does BPJ have over so many people one asks? Has everyone been investigated ( at our cost) and secrets used for control? Pembrokeshire deserves better. The skeletons in the cupboards at county hall must be screaming to get out – open the doors someone please!! There should be a completely independent person appointed to receive information from staff, councillors, members of the public in complete confidence. The findings should then be acted upon. Time to change for the better.Well done to everyone who has taken part to end this cancer eating Pembrokeshire.

  14. fairpembs

    August 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    It seems all the decision makers at PCC are less than honest! I came across this recently…disgusted! https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/pembrokeshire-county-council-please-allow-lee-roxanne-walker-to-remain-in-their-home-125-slade-lane-haverfordwest

  15. RayL

    August 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    As Bryn Parry-Jones is now on “gardening leave” could his efforts be directed to clearing the jungle that is growing around the foot tunnel that runs from Morrison’s car park through to the Bus Station area? Might take him a year or two and keep him out of mischief!

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