The damage is done
May 10, 2013
Ms Kim Wilson, of all people, must have known she was asking a civil servant to breach the code of conduct when she asked her for information regarding the appointment of an assistant to the AG and whether it had been advertised.
All Ms Wilson had to do was to ask someone in the present Government, but no. She chose to tempt a civil servant to breach the Civil Servants Conduct Code, which she did, placing her in an embarrassing position of having to be put on temporary leave and exposed for her indiscretion.
The Permanent Secretary, Kathy Lightbourne Simmons, stated that Ms Wilson had reached out to several staff members on a number of occasions since losing her office, and that it is well known that loyalty to the present Government and any disclosures are pretty strenuous.
Ms Wilson knows all that and to talk about being ethically correct or not, I would think the damage caused to a civil servant’s reputation and taking the risk of harming her future career should be of more importance to Ms. Wilson and an apology would be more appropriate than worrying about the ethics of the situation. Damage is done when doubt is sensed.