FORMER prisons director Barry Greenberry originally demanded more than $500,000 to leave his post and return to the United Kingdom following the start of an internal investigation into his conduct.
Emails released to The Examiner obtained under Right to Information details the settlement negotiating process between Department Secretary Simon Overland and Mr Greenberry, which resulted in Mr Greenberry's departure in March just nine months into a five-year contract.
At the same time, Mr Overland was overseeing an investigation into alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by Mr Greenberry prompted by several complaints by other staff.
The documents also provide a glimpse into growing tensions between Mr Greenberry and deputy secretary Robert Williams.
On March 7, Mr Greenberry put his demands in writing, requesting 30 months' salary on top of four years' superannuation payments, $20,000 relocation costs plus a buyout of the seven months left to run on his tenancy.
He also requested a "suitable reference satisfactory to me" and a "positive jointly agreed media statement".
The government's counter- offer included just 12 months' salary, worth about $190,700 and no mention of a reference.
At one stage Mr Greenberry suggested he would accept a 12 months' salary payout on the condition he was also paid an $80,000 performance bonus.
The two parties finally agreed on a settlement of the equivalent of 14 months' salary tax-free plus super and relocation costs worth $260,000.
A joint media release issued in March stated the reasons for his resignation were personal and family reasons.
The newly released documents include a complaint from a staff member that she was being discriminated against.
"I remain extremely angry about a whole range of processes that are occurring here and the apparent level of deceit and disrespect to senior staff that I believe is being practiced on an on-going basis," she wrote.
Another staff member was angry about finding out he had been demoted via a wide email and a person on carer's leave requested Mr Greenberry stop sending "get well" cards.
"I have the feeling that these cards are a back-handed way of notifying me that the Dept. is closely monitoring my unplanned absences."
Mr Greenberry has alleged he was the victim of corruption and mismanagement within the Justice Department.