1 Sep 2020

Volunteer firefighter association CEO faces harassment investigation

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 1 September 2020

The Chief Executive of the volunteer fire fighters' association is the subject of an independent investigation relating to two separate complaints of sexual harassment and bullying.

The United Fire Brigade Association board has just appointed Kristy McDonald QC to conduct the investigation into its CEO Bill Butzbach.

The complaints against Mr Butzbach relate to incidents several years ago,  and come as Fire and Emergency faces mounting pressure over the way it handles complaints over sexual assault, harassment and bullying.

Nine to Noon Executive Producer Clare Sziranyi with more details, then Kathryn speaks with the Chair of the UFBA, Richie Smith.

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Photo: UFBA CEO Bill Butzbach. ufba.org.nz