TRANSPORT authority Merseytravel has parted company with its former acting chief executive.
Jim Barclay became acting chief executive in spring last year but had been on sick leave with stress since September.
On New Year’s Eve Merseytravel staff were told that Mr Barclay was leaving.
It is understood his departure is by mutual consent and he leaves with a £30,000 payoff, which is equivalent to three months pay.
In October The Post revealed how the authority was strongly criticised in two reviews into the way it was run.
They exposed how Merseytravel’s “vanity project” waterfront HQ is running at an annual £4m loss.
The full impact of the “very expensive and as of yet unjustified” move to the new building at Mann Island was just one of many shocking revelations.
Previous chief executive Neil Scales was criticised for racking up hundreds of thousands of pounds of solicitors’ fees when the work was not properly tendered for. Mr Barclay was also accused of failing to take action in his previous role as finance director, which carries legal responsibility to protect the taxpayer.
Frank Rogers, director of customer services, became acting chief executive in November.