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Chief Fire Officer Appointment 31 December 2003

The Department of Home Affairs applied for a Work Permit for Mr Elliott Crosier as Chief Fire Officer and its application was subsequently rejected. The Department then appealed against the decision of the Work Permit Committee not to grant a permit, in accordance with the provisions of the Control of Employment Act 1975, and the appeal was held on 17th of December 2003.

The Department regrets that its appeal against the decision of the Work Permit Committee to grant Mr Crosier a work permit has been rejected by the Control of Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The rejection by the Control of Employment Appeals Tribunal is final and Mr Crosier has been informed that the Department is unable to appoint him to the post of Chief Fire Officer.

The Department of Home Affairs is committed through the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service to providing an efficient, cost effective and valued service that fully meets all statutory duties and public expectations. In this connection the Chief Fire Officer is responsible for operational accountability and for taking decisions that can influence the safety of both the staff and the public of the Isle of Man it is therefore of paramount importance that the officer appointed has the necessary leadership and strategic skills.

Home Affairs Minister Phil Braidwood MHK commented:

"In the interests of providing the best possible service to the public, the Department has a duty to seek to appoint to key senior positions those candidates who are judged to be the most appropriate for the role at the time."

Mr Braidwood added:

"The selection process is thorough and takes into account a range of relevant factors. However, in concluding that one candidate is the most appropriate, the Department is not denying the merits of other candidates."

The Department will be considering its options in the light of the decision of the Control of Employment Appeals Tribunal after the Christmas and New Year holidays, and will issue further information in due course. It has no further comment to make at this stage.

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