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Home Office continues to monitor dispute over suspended chief fire officer
The Home Office has been monitoring the dispute over the suspension of Essex chief fire officer David Johnson, but the minister for policing and the fire service, Brandon Lewis , has not written to Essex Fire and Rescue regarding costs.
He said it was entirely a matter for the Essex Fire Authority (made up of councillors from Essex County Council, Southend Council and Thurrock Council).
"We are encouraged that the improvement panel is seeing progress being made and will continue to monitor this situation very closely," a Home Office spokesman said.
The 10 allegations against Mr Johnson include:
- Mr Johnson stayed in luxury accommodation during the Fire Conference in Cardiff against the verbal instruction of the chairman of the fire authority
- He failed to give adequate notice of an annual leave booking and was frequently absent from work
- He inflamed a dispute with the Fire Brigades Union by issuing a press release ahead of strike action just before Christmas 2013