A drug-smuggling social services manager who worked at Wolverhampton City Council has been thrown out of the profession by a watchdog.
Gleneise Williams-Chang deliberately hid her arrest for smuggling £25,000 of cannabis into the UK from bosses at the council for almost two years. She even asked for a character reference and enjoyed a leaving party before taking early retirement last year after being convicted.
Days later she was handed a 13-month jail sentence for her part in a bid to smuggle nearly 6kg of herbal cannabis through Manchester Airport.
Border Agency officers found the drugs hidden in a consignment of beer and wine imported from Montego Bay in Jamaica in September 2008.
Williams-Chang, who lived in Kingswood Gardens, Penn, worked for the council as manager of services for adults with learning disabilities for over 20 years.
She also managed the former Holloway House home for adults with learning difficulties in Bilston, before moving to run a similar establishment in Church Street, Heath Town.
The General Social Care Council, which regulates social workers, has now struck her off as a social worker after its conduct committee ruled she was guilty of "serious and deliberate" misconduct. The disciplinary panel ruled that in keeping her conviction a secret from the council Williams-Chang, aged 55, was guilty of "deliberate manipulation to ensure she left her employment without anyone knowing she had been convicted."
The panel heard she had worked as a social worker for more than 30 years with an "unblemished record."
Williams-Chang claimed she did not trust her managers at the city council as a reason why she didn't reveal her crimes.
Anita Bowden, head of Wolverhampton City Council's learning disability service, said all council employees had since been reminded they were obliged to inform their employer if they were arrested, charged or convicted of any offence, and that the council sought the highest standards from staff.