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Council boss questioned by police

Byron Davies
Byron Davies became Conwy council chief executive in February last year

A council chief executive has been suspended following a complaint to police.

Conwy council said its chief executive, Byron Davies, is assisting North Wales Police after a complaint was made against him.

It said he had been "temporarily relieved of his duties".

Mr Davies, who is from Swansea originally, has been in the post since February last year after moving from Caradon District Council, Cornwall.

Conwy council said in a statement: "A complaint has been made to North Wales Police against Byron Davies, chief executive of Conwy County Borough Council.

"He is currently understood to be assisting the police and has been relieved of his duties with the council temporarily."

The council was criticised at the time of Mr Davies' appointment for failing to specify the ability to speak Welsh was "at least" desirable in the job advert.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing, but it would be inappropriate to provide further information."

Clwyd West AM and the Welsh Conservatives' local government spokesman, Darren Millar, said: "I am very surprised by the news.

"I trust that as a result of this decision the local authority and its members will ensure there is effective leadership in place so that the residents of Conwy receive the public services they deserve."

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