MYSTERY surrounds the continued absence of the head of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.
David Johnson was absent for a number of months in 2013. It now appears that he is again absent from his desk.
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The Chief Fire Officer will be on leave until further notice”.
YT asked the fire service if they could detail when this absence began and if they could anticipate when Mr Johnson would return but they told us they had nothing more to add.
Mr Johnson, whom we understand is on a salary in excess of £120,000 a year, absence comes at a time when firefighters continue to strike over employment conditions.