State Emergency Service Commissioner Murray Kear has resigned, a fortnight after being found corrupt for deliberately failing to investigate a "mate" and for sacking a whistleblower.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres said in a statement on Thursday that Mr Kear had tendered his resignation, "effective as of close of business today".
"Jim Smith will continue as Acting Commissioner of the NSW SES and has my full support," Mr Ayres said.
"The NSW government will now undertake the process of appointing a new Commissioner."
In a report released on May 28, the Independent Commission Against Corruption recommended Mr Kear be sacked for acting corruptly by deliberately failing to investigate allegations of corruption against his deputy and friend, Steve Pearce.
The commission also found that Mr Kear sacked his other deputy, Tara McCarthy, as a "reprisal" for making the allegations, which included misuse of a corporate credit card to pay for personal expenses, such as electric brakes for towing a camper trailer and roof racks for surfboards.
Ms McCarthy, who was employed in late 2012 to review procurement contracts and deliver budget savings, said after the report was released that she believed that whistleblower laws in NSW would protect her from reprisals when she uncovered potential corruption.
"I was wrong," she said, adding that community confidence in whistleblower protections would not be "fully achieved until my unlawful sacking is set aside".
Ms McCarthy told Fairfax Media the report was a vindication "in lots of ways but it's always been about getting my job back, and until that happens I guess it's a bit of a hollow victory".
"I desperately want my job back," she said. "It was the job of my dreams. I haven't worked for a year and I probably won't work for a long time unless I'm reinstated."