Ian Rennie statement on Fletcher appointment

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz

Statement just in from Iain Rennie defending the process of appointing Ian Fletcher.
Says process was “normal” defended Fletcher as “outstanding” and says panel not affected by Key’s intervention
Also says it not essential to have military or intelligence background to head GCSB

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1

does he address why only one person interviewed?

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz

…he is “outraged” by “baseless attacks”

@grantrobertson1 SSC panels “do not interview applicants unless it is believed that they could be suitable for appointment” (so not really)

From Stuff:

Fletcher’s appointment defended by SSC boss

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has strongly defended the appointment of spy boss Ian Fletcher.

The process has come under intense scrutiny since it emerged Fletcher and Prime Minister John Key have known each other since childhood.

Key headhunted Fletcher to be director of the Government Communications Security Bureau in a phonecall after a short list of four candidates was rejected by Rennie in 2011.

Key has also stood by the process saying it was normal and it’s not relevant that Fletcher has no intelligence or military background.

Rennie said tonight that he strongly refuted claims regarding the process.

He said Fletcher was an outstanding public servant.

“I am outraged that there has baseless attacks on the credibility of Mr Fletcher’s appointment,” he said.

Those who replied to a job ad in May 2011 were thoroughly considered, he said.

It is “normal” for recruitment consultants to make short lists and for the commissioner to make judgments on those selected and to seek out additional candidate, he stressed.

Fletcher was the only person interviewed by an SSC selected panel, which included former Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet boss Maarten Wevers.

Rennie said there was a “high bar” for interviewees and “sometimes” only one candidate gets to this stage.

“For this position, and I want to make this very clear, it was not essential to have a military or intelligence background,” he said.

“GCSB is a civilian agency, and the position description emphasised the importance of leadership and change management expertise in this role. ”

The integrity of the selection panel was “beyond question”, he said.

The panel was aware that the Prime Minister and Fletcher knew each other and had spoken on the telephone, he said.


What will Grant Robertson say now?

He should have known that an atack on John Key and process was also an attack on the integrity of the State Services Commission, who were responsible for the process.

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1

this isnt about integrity of panel. They were in impossible position when only presented with Key’s candidate

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz 3m

  isn’t it questioning their integrity to say they didn’t have minds of their own? Cld hv said no.

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  1. Grant has been in the Govt pocket all his life, so not sure he can comment on the recruitment of executives http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Robertson

  2. Darryl

     /  4th April 2013

    I would listen to Ian Rennie, over dopey Robertson any day. The Labour Party have nothing better to do than create conspiracies. Gawd can you imagine what NZ would be like if they got into power., it would be time to leave NZ. Pete are you joining United Future next election?

    • I’ve kept an association with UF albeit at arms length, my blogging is personal and independent. But I have no idea what I’ll do next election, it’s a long way away. NZ badly needs more political options with credibility, Labour is leaving a big hole, but I don’t known if UF can grab any of that.

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