Councillor launches official complaint

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A SCARBOROUGH councillor has launched an official complaint against the leader of North Yorkshire County Council for allegedly allowing its former chief executive to work for another authority while funded by the county’s taxpayers.

County council leader John Weighill has found himself embroiled in a row involving the officer who led the authority until the end of March 2010.

It is claimed taxpayers in North Yorkshire paid John Marsden’s wages while he worked at North Tyneside Council following a request from the North East authority’s elected mayor Linda Arkley.

The county council has confirmed that Mr Marsden was on a salary of £179,125.44.

It is alleged he worked at least one day a week at North Tyneside Council for four months before he took up a full-time role as the North East authority’s chief executive in April 2010.

The deputy leader of the Labour group at Scarborough Council, Colin Challen, has now filed an official complaint after studying a series of Freedom of Information requests made against the county council over the past year.

Cllr Challen said: “As a North Yorkshire taxpayer, I’m concerned that this is really poor value for the county’s taxpayers.”