Story: State services and the Public Service Commission

Fair employer failure, 2007

Fair employer failure, 2007

When Ministry for the Environment communications manager Madeleine Setchell lost her job, a State Services Commission inquiry resulted in the ministry’s head, Hugh Logan, losing his annual bonus. Setchell had resigned after being told she needed to move to a less sensitive position or leave when Environment Minister David Benson-Pope discovered that her partner was the press secretary for John Key, leader of the opposition. State Services Commissioner Mark Prebble described Logan as failing to act as a fair employer. Prebble also docked 2.5% of his own salary, on the grounds that he had failed to make sure staff dealing with the matter were aware of the minister’s comments. Shown here are Logan (left) with acting State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie at a press conference about the affair in July 2007.

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Mark Prebble, 'State services and the Public Service Commission - Public service commissioner', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Mark Prebble, published 20 Jun 2012