OPINION: I confess to not knowing any of the Environment Southland staff or management. But reading about Mark Hunter's resignation, as the head of the compliance department, I have to ask if he is the fall guy or has he been part of the problem?
My concerns are more about Chris McMillan's seemingly inappropriate behaviour that was recently reported. The ratepayers and public haven't been shown any evidence of accountability or disciplinary action for this within ES.
With chief executive Rob Phillips refusing to comment on questions about the public interest in the compliance department issues and severance pay, etc, we are still left in the dark as to what is being done to stop this sort of thing happening again.
The fact that Rob Phillips hasn't publicly recognised McMillan's actions as being at least questionable gives me no confidence as to Phillips being a fit and proper enough person to be the chief executive. We need ES and we need to be able to have faith in the way they carry out their duties.
There are too many cases of people with power - in the public sector - getting away with abusing their powers and causing problems for innocent people - in the private sector - then being able to cover it up, by putting the onus on the victim to prove their innocence. This can and has been crippling for some hardworking innocent people.
- The Southland Times
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