HAS JASON ORANGE LEFT THE CULTURE CLUB?According to the Daily Post Jason is in the process of getting a pay off, at the expense of Liverpool tax payers.
Bradley and Storeyteller are under investigation yet again!
LETS HOPE THEY ARE SUSPENDED AND NEVER ALLOWED TO HOLD OFFICE AGAIN.
See below for Daily Post report
Council duo face investigation as culture chief departs.
Dec 19 2007 by David Bartlett, Liverpool Daily Post
EMBATTLED Liverpool Council leader Warren Bradley is to be investigated by the Standards Board over allegations he asked officers if they had information he could use about Culture Company boss Jason Harborow.
The news comes just hours after the Liverpool Daily Post revealed that Mr Harborow, who has had a difficult relationship with council leader Cllr Bradley, was set to leave the culture company with a £200,000 pay off.
The Standards Board investigation was prompted after the Daily Post revealed that Cllr Bradley held a secret meeting with Leee Forde, the former city events manager who was one of the main people to be blamed for the Mathew Street fiasco.
Previous council leader Mike Storey, who was present at the meeting, will also be investigated. The Standards Bord will be looking to see if they broke the councillor code of conduct and if their actions brought their office into disrepute.
It comes as the departure of Culture Company chief executive Mr Harborow is expected to be ratified today – just 12 days before the start of Capital of Culture year. Council chief executive Colin Hilton will ask an Appointments Panel for permission to broker a deal with Mr Harborow’s lawyers which is likely to cost tax-payers a pay-off of around £200,000.
It is understood Mr Harborow’s legal team have told the council his position was made “untenable” by Cllrs Bradley and Storey.
Cllr Bradley has publicly criticised Mr Harborow in the fall-out from the cancellation of this year’s Mathew Street Festival.
The pair both sit on the panel, but are likely to be barred from the meeting when the deal with Mr Harborow is raised.
It is believed the council’s external solicitor will tell the meeting why it would be in their best interests to reach a deal.
Cllrs Storey and Bradley face being disqualified from office for up to five years if the Standards Board finds they have broken the councillors’ Code of Conduct and refers the matter for adjudication. Last night they declined to comment.
An investigation would be Cllr Storey’s second in the space of three years. A previous case centred on allegations he encouraged former council spin doctor Matt Finnegan “to undermine” then chief executive Sir David Henshaw.
In November, 2005, he was found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute, losing the leadership of the council as a result.
Mr Harborow earns £150,000 for his role at the Culture Company and as executive director of Culture, Media, and Sport at the city council.
It is thought the deal is worth around £200,000, and would see Mr Harborow technically stay in employment for a few more weeks.
Acting chief executive Kris Donaldson, operations director Bernice Law and chairman of the Culture Company board Bryan Gray are likely to assume Mr Harborow’s responsibilities.
Last night, a source said: “The council have taken legal advice and been advised they should make a settlement with Jason Harborow.
“There is a meeting tomorrow and the chief executive will ask for per-mission to enter into negotiations with Jason Harborow’s legal team.”
Mr Harborow returned to work at Millennium House on December 4, after eight weeks off sick, but has not been back since, although he has still been carrying out work.
The problems between him and senior councillors became known after the high-profile cancellation of the Mathew Street Festival.
In August, Cllr Bradley demanded, in an email to Mr Hilton, that Mr Harborow be relieved of his duties.
In November, after the release of the Mathew Street report, which cleared Mr Harborow, Cllr Bradley criticised the culture leader in an interview with the Daily Post.
When asked if Mr Harborow should resign, he said: “There has got to be some responsibility should-ered by senior management.” He also said problems with Mathew Street had arisen because of a lack of communication. Asked if he was referring to Mr Harborow, he said: “Absolutely. If there was a breakdown in communication, the chief executive of the Culture Company should have been aware.”
Last week, Cllr Bradley requested the email requesting Mr Harborow be relieved of his duties be sent out to the council’s 90 elected members.
Last night, Labour leader Cllr Joe Anderson said: “I expect the Standards Board to look seriously at my complaint. I believe the only conclusion they can come to is that this sorry saga needs to be investigated. Not just for Liverpool’s reputation, but because it appears it could have financial implications for the city.”
A city council spokesman: “We do not discuss publicly any private and confidential matters concerning individual employees.”
JASON HARBOROW joined the Liverpool Culture Company in February 2004 in the role of tourism director.
The 37-year-old was brought in after his experience as commercial general manager for the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
He quickly rose to become one of the top figures at Liverpool city council.
Last year he was appointed as the Culture Company’s chief executive.
He secured some major events for the Capital of Culture celebrations including the MTV awards and the Liverpool Nativity. But his style did not please all in the city, and many movers and shakers have privately questioned the way he operated.
Originally from Chorley Mr Harborow cut his teeth in local government at Chorley Council and Wigan Council.