ICAC finds SES Commissioner to be corrupt

ICAC finds SES Commissioner to be corrupt

NSW Premier Mike Baird says he is considering sacking State Emergency Services Commissioner Murray Kear, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption has found him to be corrupt.

The ICAC has handed down a finding today, that Mr Kear acted corruptly by sacking a senior whistleblower, and failing to investigate serious allegations raised against a deputy SES commissioner.

It has found Mr Kear dismissed deputy Commissioner Tara McCarthy last year as payback. after she blew the whistle on fellow deputy commissioner Steven Pearce, a close friend of Mr Kear.

The ICAC has also found Mr Kear failed to investigate allegations Ms McCarthy made against Mr Pearce, in relation to him misusing SES funds.

It has recommended the Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres stand Mr Kear down from his role.

Mr BAIRD says it is clear there needs to be cultural changes within the SES        and he will closely consider the ICAC report

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