Ex-Sunderland City Council chief executive to be quizzed over child abuse scandal

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FORMER Sunderland City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald is facing calls to explain what he knew about the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Mr Fitzgerald was in charge of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council between 2001 and 2003, when some of the sexual abuse was found by an investigation to have taken place.

Alexis Jay’s damning report into the abuse of 1,400 children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 was published last week.

Mr Fitzgerald, who was its chief executive from 2001, quit in 2003 to take up the top job in Sunderland.

He left Wearside in 2008 to take up the same job at Lancashire County Council, before he moved to Liverpool City Council in 2010, where he remains today.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has vowed to quiz the council boss, saying: “I note and am concerned that the Jay Report criticises Rotherham Council for not taking the earlier report seriously, and will discuss these matters with Mr Fitzgerald as soon as possible.

“I will be seeking further clarification from Alexis Jay and others at Rotherham about Mr Fitzgerald’s role.