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The suspended chief operating officer at Cheshire East Council has quit his job, the authority has confirmed.

Peter Bates was one of three senior officials suspended 16 months ago pending internal investigations.

He was placed on leave in December 2017 as part of an investigation into officer conduct at the authority.

Before being suspended he had his statutory duties taken away from him in April 2017 but was still paid £180,033, including pension contributions, in 2017/18.

Former chief executive Mike Suarez resigned in July 2018, and Bill Norman, the former director of legal services, quit in December 2017.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said today: “The council’s chief operating officer, Peter Bates, has decided to leave his employment with Cheshire East Council with effect from 8 April 2019.

“As a matter of policy, Cheshire East Council does not comment on individual staffing matters.”

Mr Bates joined Cheshire East Council in 2013 having previously served as assistant director of financial services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

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