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Judge Orders Reinstatement Of State Transportation Investigator

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate has ordered reinstatement of a state Transportation Cabinet investigator whose May 2005 firing coincided with the start of the state hiring investigation.

In an on-going investigation, the state Personnel Cabinet is considering whether the investigator - Mike Duncan - was improperly selected for his merit job.

Wingate affirmed the State Personnel Board's ruling that Duncan was improperly fired from his merit position in the cabinet's office of inspector general, but did not rule on whether Duncan should receive back pay.

The Personnel Board ruled last month that Duncan should receive payment for the two years he had been off work, but Wingate left that part open-ended pending further court proceedings.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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