A former deputy chief constable of Notts, who was expected to take the county’s police authority and Chief Constable Julia Hodson to an employment tribunal, has accepted a settlement.
And just what was his beef?
Howard Roberts claimed the authority did not renew his contract in December 2009 following pressure from Denis O’Connor, a former Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Notts.
Details of the tribunal emerged during a pre-hearing review last May. The hearing discussed a claim by Mr Roberts that he suffered victimisation based on racial discrimination.
Yes, anyone who’s clicked on the article will see Mr Roberts is as white as a fish’s belly.
But there’s more than one ‘race’ with – seemingly – an inbuilt chip on its shoulder. Look you. Boyo.
The former senior officer, who is Welsh, alleges that Mr O’Connor held a grudge against him following an incident in 2005 when Mr Roberts reported him to colleagues over an alleged racial comment.
No wonder they wanted to keep a lid on this bucket of worms, eh? No matter the cost…
Mr Roberts claimed that in September 2009 Ms Hodson told him she was “being pressured to deal with you” by Mr O’Connor.
The force and authority denied the claims at the time, saying Ms Hodson took a neutral position and had no influence on the authority’s decision.
She said Mr O’Connor denied making the comment.
But they clearly don’t think they’ll win in court, so they’ve decided not to risk it.
The Post reported last July that authority accounts showed the potential cost of losing the tribunal would have been £325,000, with an initial £75,000 required to meet legal fees.
Ouch! I sure hope the payoff he gets is less than that…
The police authority has refused to give any details about the settlement reached between the two parties.
A spokeswoman for the authority said: “The matter has been settled by mutual agreement between the parties involved. At this time, there is no further information or statement being issued.”
And in the very same newspaper, we see this:
Notts County Council faces a £100 million gap in its funding over the coming years, despite the swingeing cuts it has already made.
It’s hardly surprising, is it?