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Police Commissioner Karl O Callaghan. Picture: Barry Baker
Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan. Picture: Barry Baker

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has had his contract renewed after a recent Corruption and Crime Commission investigation cleared him of misusing his credit card.

Premier Colin Barnett announced this afternoon that Cabinet had decided to appoint Mr O’Callaghan for a further three years.

"May I add that I, the Police Minister and the cabinet have full confidence in Mr O'Callaghan," Mr Barnett said.

Mr O’Callaghan said he was pleased with his reappointment and wanted to thank the premier for his support.

“I want to make special mention to the Premier who has, through all of these trials, remained steadfast and been a very strong supporter,” the commissioner said.

“He has said from the very beginning that he intended to reappoint me and he’s kept to that message.”

Mr O’Callaghan said he was never concerned about his reappointment, saying it was clear from the contents of the CCC report into his alleged credit card misuse that he would be cleared.

“I’ve been aware of the contents and progress of this report for many months ... so when people said ‘are you concerned about your contract renewal?’, I said ‘no’,” he said.

The appointment comes after it was revealed last week that a senior bureaucrat had taken leave after accusing the Commissioner of losing his “ethical compass”.

WA Police executive director Greg Italiano was quoted in the CCC report which became public on Wednesday when Premier Colin Barnett tabled it in Parliament.

On the eve of the report's tabling, Mr Italiano went on leave and Mr O’Callaghan, who has been cleared of misconduct, has since described the pair’s working relationship as “untenable”.

The CCC concluded Mr Italiano’s view of the Police Commissioner’s ethics and a so-called “pattern of behaviour” regarding credit card use could not be substantiated.

The West Australian

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