Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan has announced the appointment of Eamon Ryan as Inspector of Custodial Services for a five-year term commencing on May 4, 2019.
Mr Ryan is currently Executive Director Integrity and Risk at the Public Sector Commission and has more than three decades of experience in senior public service roles.
Previously he was Executive Director, Professional Standards and Conduct at the Department of Education for seven years.
The Inspector of Custodial Services leads the independent Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services.
The Office inspects and reports to State Parliament at least every three years on Western Australia’s prisons, prison work camps, custodial operations and court custody centres including police lock-ups.
It also reports on Western Australia’s juvenile detention centre and prisoner transport arrangements.
The Inspector can also be directed to review other correctional matters by the Minister for Corrective Services.
Mr Ryan will be the third Inspector of Custodial Services in Western Australia.
He takes over from Professor Neil Morgan who is retiring after 10 years in the position.
As stated by Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan:
“Mr Ryan has a long history of serving the Western Australian public and will bring a proven record of stewardship and integrity to the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services.
“His leadership skills and extensive experience in integrity and risk will contribute enormously to this important and independent role.
“Western Australia’s independent Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services is the only one of its kind in the nation and provides a level of accountability that is of the highest order.
“I would like to thank retiring Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan for his significant work while in the position.
“I have found Professor Morgan to be a fiercely independent advocate for the continual improvement of Western Australia’s corrective services while also recognising the tireless efforts of many corrections staff and officers who work in extremely challenging environments.”