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Chief constable will not face investigation
1:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
THE Chief Constable of Cheshire Police will not face a complaints body investigation after approving a golden goodbye worth £300,000.
Dave Whatton was facing a probe by the Independent Police Complaints Commision after he authorised the large pay-off while deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.
A spokesman for the IPCC said there was ‘not enough evidence’ to pursue the investigation.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commisioner for Cheshire, had referred the case to the IPCC, following a request from Tony Lloyd, PCC for Greater Manchester.
Mr Dwyer said he was satisfied with the outcome and supported Chf Con Whatton throughout the process.
The controversy dates back to 2011 when the police chief terminated the contract of Cathy Butterworth, director of people and development at GMP.
She was paid £117,000 for cancelling the £87,000 a year contract, and around £190,000 in pension payments.
The terms of the contract were not standard.
A report at the time found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
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