Premier backs sacked FESA boss's move to corrective services

28 Sep, 2011 10:08 AM

PREMIER Colin Barnett says it is appropriate that the embattled former head of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority has been given a job in the Department of Corrective Services.

Jo Harrison-Ward has been offered a six-month role with the department six weeks after she was forced to resign as FESA chief executive officer over the organisation's handling of the Roleystone-Kelmscott bushfire in February that destroyed 71 homes.

Ms Harrison-Ward was essentially made the scapegoat following a damning review by former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty.

Ms Harrison-Ward has been on paid leave since resigning from FESA on August 17 and was entitled to continue to receive her annual salary of about $300,000 until her government contract ran out.

Mr Barnett said it was not fair to suggest she had failed in her role at FESA and therefore did not deserve to be moved sideways in the public sector.

"She continues to be a government employee and she's been seconded across to do some work in corrective services. I'm pleased about that," he said.

"I think it's a good outcome and it's good to get Jo working.

"There was some work to be done in corrective services and she was well suited to do it."

He could not say what Ms Harrison-Ward would do beyond her six-month contract.

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