Thursday, 24 March 2011
"Deputy Defends Flawed Recruitment Allegations"
A Jersey deputy has defended his allegation that job offers for the new States of Jersey Development Company, were made before the recruitment procedures were complete.
Deputy Phil Rondel, who himself sat on the recruitment panel, is not going public on his evidence, but says he will tell scrutiny.
Earlier this week it emerged that members of Jersey's Appointment Commission were threatening to resign after Deputy Rondel made comments in the States implying that job offers for the States of Jersey Development Company were a foregone conclusion.
His outburst angered members of the Appointments Commission, such as Ken Soar, who said the allegations were completely unfounded.
The St John Deputy refuted claims he had acted in an unprofessional manner by bringing the issues to light in a public forum, and said the information was not brought to his attention until after the recruitment process had been completed.
Deputy Rondel said: "Over a period of time I thought there's things here which aren't right and I have to raise them at the appropriate time and the appropriate time is in the States chamber it's not to be discussed with others, these things, there's a place for everything."
The new company were due to take over from WEB, the Waterfront Enterprise Board in April.
But that transition has now been put on hold while Scrutiny review the appointments procedure.