Suspended Scillies chief retires early
The suspended chief executive of the Isles of Scilly Council has taken early retirement and has already left his post.
In a short statement issued late yesterday afternoon, Philip Hygate was said to be leaving the job he has held since 1992, with effect from Thursday, January 10.
Speculation had been mounting that Mr Hygate was negotiating an exit, since his suspension on October 30 for a period of two months.
The action was taken to allow an investigation into his conduct in relation to Bryce Wilby, the headteacher of the islands' only school who was suspended last May then quit.
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Peter Lawrence-Roberts, director of finance at the council, said no further details of the terms of Mr Hygate's departure would be revealed.
He refused to say whether the investigation into his conduct would continue or whether Mr Hygate had received any pay-off from the council.
In the statement released by the local authority, chairman Mike Hicks thanked the chief executive for his long service to the council and community and wished him well.
Mr Hygate said: "It has been a privilege to be part of such a special place and to have contributed to securing its well-being and potential. I wish Scilly the best for the future."