Malvern town clerk dismissed - gross misconduct allegations upheld

Evesham Journal: Malvern town clerk dismissed - gross misconduct allegations upheld Malvern town clerk dismissed - gross misconduct allegations upheld

MALVERN'S town clerk Richard Chapman has been dismissed after allegations of gross misconduct against him were upheld.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the town council says that its appeals panel met yesterday (Thursday) and upheld an earlier decision by the disciplinary panel that allegations of misconduct against Mr Chapman were well founded.

The appeal panel further decided that Mr Chapman’s actions constituted gross misconduct under the council’s bullying and harassment policy and should be treated as such.

"Therefore Mr Chapman’s employment with Malvern Town Council has been terminated with immediate effect," says the statement.

Mr Chapman had been on leave from his duties since October last year.

Mr Chapman was appointed town clerk in December 2003. Before that, he had been the council’s operations manager.

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11:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

CJH says...

What did he do?
What did he do? CJH
  • Score: 6

11:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

lovelyjubbly says...

wish I knew. half a story is no use!!
wish I knew. half a story is no use!! lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 4

8:26am Sat 5 Apr 14

sarah and her chickens says...

Sacked under bullying and harrassment policy so. That would cover it perhaps.
Sacked under bullying and harrassment policy so. That would cover it perhaps. sarah and her chickens
  • Score: 3

8:28am Sat 5 Apr 14

Geoffery1966 says...

Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ! Geoffery1966
  • Score: 7

8:36am Sat 5 Apr 14

Twisty says...

Geoffery1966 wrote:
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us.
[quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ![/p][/quote]I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us. Twisty
  • Score: 2

8:37am Sat 5 Apr 14

Twisty says...

Twisty wrote:
Geoffery1966 wrote:
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us.
Actually - they do say quite clearly that it was for bullying as Sarah correctly says.
[quote][p][bold]Twisty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ![/p][/quote]I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us.[/p][/quote]Actually - they do say quite clearly that it was for bullying as Sarah correctly says. Twisty
  • Score: 4

10:26am Sat 5 Apr 14

CJH says...

Twisty wrote:
Twisty wrote:
Geoffery1966 wrote:
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us.
Actually - they do say quite clearly that it was for bullying as Sarah correctly says.
I saw it was for bullying. Just wondered if it was over a long period of time, and why was nothing done before. And if people had covered up for him are they also being dealt with for being complicit. Hope something has been learned from the George Lord fiasco. And yes, if a picture tells a thousand words, his certainly does! Supercilious and arrogant is putting it mildly. Scary picture.
[quote][p][bold]Twisty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Twisty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ![/p][/quote]I suspect if he had been sacked for bullying his staff they wouldn't be able to tell us.[/p][/quote]Actually - they do say quite clearly that it was for bullying as Sarah correctly says.[/p][/quote]I saw it was for bullying. Just wondered if it was over a long period of time, and why was nothing done before. And if people had covered up for him are they also being dealt with for being complicit. Hope something has been learned from the George Lord fiasco. And yes, if a picture tells a thousand words, his certainly does! Supercilious and arrogant is putting it mildly. Scary picture. CJH
  • Score: 5

10:28am Sat 5 Apr 14

localman69 says...

Having been on the receiving end of this person's bullying tactics, this result is pure schadenfreude for me. There is a God!
Having been on the receiving end of this person's bullying tactics, this result is pure schadenfreude for me. There is a God! localman69
  • Score: 20

11:44am Sat 5 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

It has to be a serious allegation, since to be dismissed can be legally challenged and very costly if wrong.
It has to be a serious allegation, since to be dismissed can be legally challenged and very costly if wrong. Jabbadad
  • Score: 3

5:01pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Twisty says...

Geoffery1966 wrote:
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
Not sure it is all old boys together - or at least not a majority. Someone in there has had the courage to do the decent thing. I suspect confidentiality in a case like this is a given.
[quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ![/p][/quote]Not sure it is all old boys together - or at least not a majority. Someone in there has had the courage to do the decent thing. I suspect confidentiality in a case like this is a given. Twisty
  • Score: 4

5:09pm Sat 5 Apr 14

CJH says...

I agree protect the identity of his victims, but people should know what he's done. Hopefully it may serve as a lesson to others who may be doing the same thing. It's not acceptable in any workplace. I guess he's been on full pay since October. I'd want that back off him for sure, and give it to his victims as compensation. After all he's been paid OUR money while he's done these things. And make sure there's no 'golden handshake' !
I agree protect the identity of his victims, but people should know what he's done. Hopefully it may serve as a lesson to others who may be doing the same thing. It's not acceptable in any workplace. I guess he's been on full pay since October. I'd want that back off him for sure, and give it to his victims as compensation. After all he's been paid OUR money while he's done these things. And make sure there's no 'golden handshake' ! CJH
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

sarah and her chickens says...

Twisty wrote:
Geoffery1966 wrote:
Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though !
Not sure it is all old boys together - or at least not a majority. Someone in there has had the courage to do the decent thing. I suspect confidentiality in a case like this is a given.
Think twisty has hit the nail.on the head. The specific allegations should remain confidential. That is employment law. But at least the Town Council have shown that they have moved into the modern world and are willing to investigate complsints. Unlike another council not a million miles away.
[quote][p][bold]Twisty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Closed doors, old boys together, they ain't going to tell us what he did, he looks as though he has delusions of grandeur though ![/p][/quote]Not sure it is all old boys together - or at least not a majority. Someone in there has had the courage to do the decent thing. I suspect confidentiality in a case like this is a given.[/p][/quote]Think twisty has hit the nail.on the head. The specific allegations should remain confidential. That is employment law. But at least the Town Council have shown that they have moved into the modern world and are willing to investigate complsints. Unlike another council not a million miles away. sarah and her chickens
  • Score: 6

8:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Keith B says...

Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair. I hate to have you on a jury. You'd find Shrek guilty but would let off George Clooney whatever the evidence.

But this is a story that has been running for ages - if you want to know the full story just look in back issues of the local news. In fact Malvern Town Council has a bit of a track record in removing it's Clerk - the previous one costing them a small fortune (nearly £200,000).

Let's hope they got employment law right this time around.
Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair. I hate to have you on a jury. You'd find Shrek guilty but would let off George Clooney whatever the evidence. But this is a story that has been running for ages - if you want to know the full story just look in back issues of the local news. In fact Malvern Town Council has a bit of a track record in removing it's Clerk - the previous one costing them a small fortune (nearly £200,000). Let's hope they got employment law right this time around. Keith B
  • Score: 4

11:57pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

As mentioned similar to the George Lord fiasco with the CON-servative councillors rallying around and supporting this rude arrogant little man, who had been like it all the years that I can recall.
As mentioned similar to the George Lord fiasco with the CON-servative councillors rallying around and supporting this rude arrogant little man, who had been like it all the years that I can recall. Jabbadad
  • Score: 4

8:43am Sun 6 Apr 14

denon says...

jabbadad are you suggesting this man has done something illegal, like George Lord?

If you are I would hope you have a good legal insurance protection policy.
jabbadad are you suggesting this man has done something illegal, like George Lord? If you are I would hope you have a good legal insurance protection policy. denon
  • Score: 1

9:01am Sun 6 Apr 14

sarah and her chickens says...

I am not 100% sure but I think the last Town Clerk left because of the behaviour of the Councillors that then hired this Town Clerk. Then the procedure for staff to complain about the Town Clerk was removed. At least that is my understanding from past articles and the Town Council annual meeting.
What interested me most is that the Town Clerk has been absent for 6 months but it has only cost £3000 to cover his absence. So question is do we need a Town Clerk on who knows how much a year anyway. Or more to the point why was it so cheap to cover his work . A staff review time perhaps.
I am not 100% sure but I think the last Town Clerk left because of the behaviour of the Councillors that then hired this Town Clerk. Then the procedure for staff to complain about the Town Clerk was removed. At least that is my understanding from past articles and the Town Council annual meeting. What interested me most is that the Town Clerk has been absent for 6 months but it has only cost £3000 to cover his absence. So question is do we need a Town Clerk on who knows how much a year anyway. Or more to the point why was it so cheap to cover his work . A staff review time perhaps. sarah and her chickens
  • Score: 3

10:52am Sun 6 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Denon I was refering to previous comments when George Lord was mentioned, and the anticipated actions of Political protection / cover up / support..
We are seeing a similar situation with Mrs Miller the government minister who even after the huge investigations by the press on MP's expenses, continued to make questionable claims on parliament expenses, and who was then judged by her politcal peers and allowed a meagre repayment of £5,000+ from a suggested amount of £50,000+, and gave a 32 second apology in the House of Commons, yet being further supported by Cameron.
And yes I do have legal insurance. Which is needed in this world of a compensation culture.
Denon I was refering to previous comments when George Lord was mentioned, and the anticipated actions of Political protection / cover up / support.. We are seeing a similar situation with Mrs Miller the government minister who even after the huge investigations by the press on MP's expenses, continued to make questionable claims on parliament expenses, and who was then judged by her politcal peers and allowed a meagre repayment of £5,000+ from a suggested amount of £50,000+, and gave a 32 second apology in the House of Commons, yet being further supported by Cameron. And yes I do have legal insurance. Which is needed in this world of a compensation culture. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

11:49am Sun 6 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

Keith B wrote:
Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair. I hate to have you on a jury. You'd find Shrek guilty but would let off George Clooney whatever the evidence.

But this is a story that has been running for ages - if you want to know the full story just look in back issues of the local news. In fact Malvern Town Council has a bit of a track record in removing it's Clerk - the previous one costing them a small fortune (nearly £200,000).

Let's hope they got employment law right this time around.
Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair.

That happens to women all the time.
[quote][p][bold]Keith B[/bold] wrote: Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair. I hate to have you on a jury. You'd find Shrek guilty but would let off George Clooney whatever the evidence. But this is a story that has been running for ages - if you want to know the full story just look in back issues of the local news. In fact Malvern Town Council has a bit of a track record in removing it's Clerk - the previous one costing them a small fortune (nearly £200,000). Let's hope they got employment law right this time around.[/p][/quote]Judging a man on the way he looks is a little unfair. That happens to women all the time. pinkfluff
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Allan Whitehead says...

sarah and her chickens wrote:
I am not 100% sure but I think the last Town Clerk left because of the behaviour of the Councillors that then hired this Town Clerk. Then the procedure for staff to complain about the Town Clerk was removed. At least that is my understanding from past articles and the Town Council annual meeting.
What interested me most is that the Town Clerk has been absent for 6 months but it has only cost £3000 to cover his absence. So question is do we need a Town Clerk on who knows how much a year anyway. Or more to the point why was it so cheap to cover his work . A staff review time perhaps.
Sarah and Her Chickens.

£3000.00 is laughable. I can assure you Sarah that the Association of Council Officers will have ensured that Mr Chapman, will have been suspended on full pay.

Anyone wishing to see what figure he has been paid will have to be informed to the electorate just like all public spending's.

Let us hope he has not got one of those fancy handshakes during His appeal against unfair-dismissal .
[quote][p][bold]sarah and her chickens[/bold] wrote: I am not 100% sure but I think the last Town Clerk left because of the behaviour of the Councillors that then hired this Town Clerk. Then the procedure for staff to complain about the Town Clerk was removed. At least that is my understanding from past articles and the Town Council annual meeting. What interested me most is that the Town Clerk has been absent for 6 months but it has only cost £3000 to cover his absence. So question is do we need a Town Clerk on who knows how much a year anyway. Or more to the point why was it so cheap to cover his work . A staff review time perhaps.[/p][/quote]Sarah and Her Chickens. £3000.00 is laughable. I can assure you Sarah that the Association of Council Officers will have ensured that Mr Chapman, will have been suspended on full pay. Anyone wishing to see what figure he has been paid will have to be informed to the electorate just like all public spending's. Let us hope he has not got one of those fancy handshakes during His appeal against unfair-dismissal . Allan Whitehead
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