Deputy police commissioner Rob Pope was told not to reapply for his job – prompting his decision to "retire".
But then there's a VERY interesting revelation:
The contract of the 36-year veteran is due to expire on April 3 and he had wanted to stay on until August 2012 to make the most of his superannuation scheme.
But Police Minister Judith Collins declined – and told him that to agree would make her "a corrupt minister".
One can only concur with Judith Collins' decision here. Rob Pope may indeed have had a long record of service with the police, but to work the system to ensure he maximised his superannuation would have been completely wrong.
And it seems as though Collins is determined to have a cleanout at the top of the New Zealand Police, bringing in a new adminsitration untainted by the issues which have dogged police for some time. The story continues:
The Dominion Post reported in July how his boss, Commissioner Howard Broad, was also told by Ms Collins that he would not be reappointed. He then issued a statement saying he had not sought to extend his tenure and would leave in April.
Mr Pope was promoted at the same time as Mr Broad, in April 2006, both on a five-year contract.
Ms Collins hinted about Mr Pope's future this month when she said creating a culture change would be a key element in her decision on whom to appoint deputy commissioner.
It is also thought new commissioner Peter Marshall did not want to work with him.
Peter Marshall will need to build his own team, and for that team to be effective, it will have to be comprised of people who enjoy his confidence. Clearly Rob Pope did not fit that category. On that basis, Judith Collins' candour towards Rob Pope is both understandable and, in our ever-humble opinion, absolutely right. There could yet be hope for "Bullshit Castle"!!