In the latest allegation of a high ranking civil servant leaving a post with a substantial golden handshake funded by the taxpayer, States Members were told yesterday that the former director of operations at the Airport, Sandy Sawyer, had received £90,000 when she quit six months before her contract was up.
The accusation was made by Deputy Mike Higgins during States question time.
He also wanted to know why, almost 18 months after it was first revealed, an air traffic controller who had failed his exams was still being paid around £65,000 a year to do basic administration work.
John Hemming's Address
JERSEY AND THE IMPRISONMENT OF STUART SYVRET
That this House notes the imprisonment of Stuart Syvret; believes that the public authorities of the island of Jersey do not operate in a manner compliant with the requirements of the European Commission of Human Rights (ECHR), there being overt and significant overlaps and contaminations between the legislature, executive and judiciary; further notes that Her Majesty's subjects in Jersey are not protected by effective checks and balances, and that there has been the political repression of former Chief Police Officer, Graham Power and former Senator Stuart Syvret; further notes that, notwithstanding the responsibility the Secretary of State for Justice has for good governance and Convention Rights in Jersey, the island's authorities are permitted to repress opposition activists, and that the Secretary of State for Justice and Jersey's Lieutenant Governor have failed to act; further notes that successive governments of the United Kingdom have committed this nation to securing real democratic freedoms and the rule of law in other jurisdictions, yet in the British enclave of Jersey on the United Kingdom's very doorstep, ordinary powerless people are oppressed by an entrenched oligarchy; and calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to appoint an independent Commission similar to that which investigated corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands, to investigate the conduct of Jersey's public administration and to urgently bring the protections of the ECHR to Her Majesty's subjects in the island.