A completely new environment

When last we reported on children and family development chief operating officer Donna Knox, she was leaving the ministry after just eight months on the job. At the time, Ms. Knox - a respected senior bureaucrat - said she felt, "my experience and skill may be better utilized in a completely new environment" somewhere in the civil service. But that was two years ago. So why then does public accounts state Ms. Knox received payments totaling $145,426 in fiscal 2008/09 as the ministry's chief operating officer. Well, our understanding is those monies are for unused leave and 11 months worth of severance pay. Yes, that's right - severance pay.

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