Former Grampian fire head David Dalziel claims new chief wanted him to quit

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The former head of Grampian Fire Service has told a tribunal that the new Scottish chief wanted him to quit.

David Dalziel said Alasdair Hay told him in a letter that "how he left the service was in his control".

Mr Dalziel, 62, held the Grampian post for eight years until it was amalgamated into a single service.

He applied to become the chief fire officer of the new Scotland-wide service and a number of other senior posts but was not appointed.

The new top job was given to Mr Hay, from the Tayside brigade.

Mr Dalziel told the second day of the tribunal in Aberdeen that his interpretation of what that meant was that he should "just go."

He began drawing his £67,000-a-year pension after he left in July.

'Medical care'

But he broke down when asked how the recruitment process had affected him, saying he was, and still is under medical care.

Mr Dalziel had previously mentioned a conversation he had with Mr Hay in which it was claimed the new chief had said: "I would love you to be my deputy."

Marie Macdonald, cross examining for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, suggested it was Mr Dalziel who had asked which person Mr Hay was considering for his deputy, not the other way around.

Answering a claim he had said he would not be prepared to share a role if there were two deputies, Mr Dalziel replied: "No, I did not."

'Tribunal in mind'

The tribunal also heard that Mr Dalziel had secretly tape-recorded a private meeting with Mr Hay in March.

Ms Macdonald said Mr Dalziel had "set up this meeting so you could get him to say something you could use in these proceedings. You had a tribunal in your mind."

Mr Dalziel replied: "Yes, but that's not why the tape was set up."

The hearing is due to last the rest of week.

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