Report: Ag hirings not regulation

Report: Ag hirings not regulation

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 6:46 am
By: By The Associated Press

The Messenger 01.17.12

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A report by the Kentucky Personnel Board says the Agriculture Department didn’t follow regulations when it hired two people into protected government jobs.
The report called the department’s hiring process “total arbitrary” and ordered employees of the agency to attend training on how to advertise for openings, according to The State Journal.
Danita Fentress-Laird and Kathryn Willis were hired for the openings from non-merit positions without a formal interview, the report says.
Personnel Board Executive Director Mark Sipek said criminal charges won’t be pursued because the appointments were rescinded and the department has had a change in leadership.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer took office this month and has ordered an audit of the department after questions arose about spending, travel vouchers and time sheets.

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