Legal Eagle Joins Flight of the City's Chief Officers

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Legal Eagle Joins Flight of the City's Chief Officers


Byline: BY JESSICA SHAUGHNESSY

LIVERPOOL has lost its second senior council officer within days with beleaguered chief executive Sir David Henshaw accepting the resignation of city solicitor Graeme Creer.

Mr Creer last night announced he would be stepping down from his post to move into the private sector.

The news came just two days after regeneration director Charlie Parker announced his departure and two weeks after Mr Parker's second-in-command Tom McCabe also quit.

Mr Creer, who was one of the top three officers at the council, will join North West law firm Weightmans as a partner and head of its national public sector group.

His resignation is said to have been the "talk" of Liverpool's Law Society Dinner on Thursday.

The announcement has sparked more speculation about morale in the top ranks of the council, with Sir David's "dream team" now diminishing.

Since Mr Creer joined the city five years ago, he has been the legal brains behind the Paradise Street project and the dispute with the street traders on Church Street.

It is understood he also advised the council when it was decided to publish the controversial dossier of e-mails between council leader Mike Storey and suspended spin doctor Matt Finnegan.

Sources close to the town hall say Mr Creer may have been concerned following a recent council motion for the officers involved in publishing the report to be investigated.

One said: "The last six months have been incredibly stressful for him. He has been unhappy for some time so he decided to move on after 30 years in local government."

In a statement last night, Mr Creer said: "I'm delighted to be joining Weightmans. This is a unique opportunity to build on their achievements and shape a service to local authorities which will be second to none."

Sir David Henshaw said last night that he understood Mr Creer's resignation.

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