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Probe finds South Kesteven District Council chief executive didn't breach conduct codes

The chief executive of South Kesteven District Council has been found not to have breached its code of conduct.

SKDC investigated Aidan Rave, after Deepings councillor Ashley Baxter (Ind) queried payments of £60,000 to a recruitment firm Davidson and Partners concerning senior officer appointments.

A council spokesman said this week SKDC carried out a “full and thorough review” of the issues raised and presented a “comprehensive report” to its employment committee.

The committee found Mr Rave acted in accordance with all legal requirements and did not breach codes of conduct.

SKDC did use Davidson and Partners but not to recruit Mr Rave and neither did he have any say in the procurement of Davidson and Partners. It also had no involvement with LKS Quaero Ltd.

Coun Baxter said afterwards that his duty was to ask challenging questions.

Coun Baxter said he was not alleging corruption, but had thought some decisions had not been made with enough competition and transparency.

He said he attended employment committee and was pleased his questions were taken seriously and was reassured of no wrong-doing.

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