A senior police officer is receiving almost £10,000 a month to stay at home on ‘enforced leave’.
Assistant Chief Constable John Mauger previously spent three years off work while complaints made against him were investigated.
He had been employed as the third in command with the former Central Scotland Police force but clashed with then chief constable Kevin Smith. Complaints were lodged with the Joint Police Board and Mr Mauger was placed on what at that time was termed “gardening leave” in 2010 – only 14 months after taking up his post.
After a lengthy investigation of the misconduct issues raised, he returned to work in July 2013 and in May this year the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) confirmed that all complaints and conduct issues against him had been discharged.
The investigation and legal costs involved are understood to be well in excess of £1 million.
At that time a spokesman said: “This was a long-standing and complex historic case which SPA inherited from the former Central Scotland Joint Police Board. It is a matter of regret that it has taken four years to reach this point.
“The SPA understands the impact this case has inevitably had on ACC Mauger personally and professionally. Both the SPA and the senior management team at Police Scotland look forward to continuing to work with ACC Mauger in the future so that he can make a suitable and effective ongoing contribution to policing.”
However, it now appears that Mr Mauger has been told to take annual leave and is banned from using any Police Service of Scotland (PSOS) facilities, including police stations.
A source also revealed that a senior officer was claiming Mr Mauger had failed to get vetting clearance, despite this already being in place and not due to expire until 2016.
Confirming the high-ranking officer was on leave, a spokespeson for the PSOS said: “It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
They also declined to comment on Mr Mauger’s vetting status.
A spokesman for the SPA said: “We note that ACC Mauger is currently on a period of extended leave. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”