GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Council is receiving ‘new lines of inquiry’ every day in the aftermath of the resignation of disgraced chief fire officer Stewart Edgar, it has been revealed.
Mr Edgar quit his £147,000 post last week after he was found to have bought an ex-fire service Land Rover Discovery for £500, when it was worth up to £8,000.
At a meeting of the council’s environment and communities committee, the authority’s commissioning director of communities and infrastructure Nigel Riglar told members he and his team had received multiple claims since that now need to be proved or disproved.
He did not go into detail about the nature of the fresh allegations, or if they relate directly to Mr Edgar.
Mr Edgar, who was in charge of authorising sales as the chief fire officer, sold the Land Rover to a company he had links to for far less than its
potential worth, before then buying it from them.
Mr Riglar said new claims of misconduct are coming into him ‘on a daily basis’.
An internal audit review has been launched to see if any other fire service assets have been bought or sold.
Speaking before the environment and communities committee, Mr Riglar said it should finish in ‘the shortest amount of time possible’.
Mr Riglar added they can finish the investigation once the new claims have stopped being live, meaning they need to be proved or disproved.
The internal review showed Mr Edgar, who was awarded an OBE last month for 27 years of service, demonstrated ‘poor judgement’ over the sale of the fire service vehicle.
Mr Edgar, who was appointed chief fire officer in February 2014, has deleted all of his social media accounts since his resignation.