Saturday, 29 March 2008

Assembly civil servant resigns, but what about the inquiry?

Providing an update to earlier posts (here, here, here and here) it's been announced by the BBC that the civil servant involved in an alleged groping incident at the Assembly Government has now resigned.

The civil servant who was a highways manager in Ieuan Wyn Jones' department, was found in court to have sexually harassed a female Welsh Assembly Government colleague and has now resigned before a fresh internal inquiry has been concluded.

The Civil Court action took place in January 2008 and was followed on 15 January by an announcement from Sir Jon Shortridge, Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Sir Jon said at the time he was "very concerned" the court hearing had reached a different conclusion to the assembly government's own internal investigation. He ordered a fresh review and said the independent legal review would provide evidence on which he could decide whether any "further action I should take in this case and whether our procedures need to be changed and improved because of it".

This second Assembly inquiry is continuing into the incident, and is now coming up to the three month mark. Just how long does it take for such an inquiry to be completed?

4 comments:

Anonymous 29 March 2008 at 18:27  

"Just how long does it take for such an inquiry to be completed?" Hopefully before another scandal rears its ugly head and before the old man retires.

Anonymous 30 March 2008 at 09:44  

Internal inquiries always seem to take forever. In the civil service they must take a life time.

Whether this employee is guilty or not (evidence taken at a civil court is not as thorough as a criminal court) his position with his employer and fellow employees would be difficult to say the least.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham 30 March 2008 at 12:50  

sexually harassed a female Welsh Assembly Government colleague

Why is it that it's always a female? Why can't we be sexually harrassed for a change?

Anonymous 30 March 2008 at 13:03  

"Why is it that it's always a female? Why can't we be sexually harrassed for a change?"

Because men rarely complain.

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