Personnel board to discuss agriculture audit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Personnel Board is expected to
consider a scathing audit of the Agriculture Department under
former Commissioner Richie Farmer.

The State-Journal reports the panel on Monday will take its first action on the audit, which found evidence that candidates for merit positions were pre-selected, that monetary awards were issued without input from supervisors and that a merit employee's responsibilities were removed without documenting the action in a personnel file.

Personnel Board Executive Director Mark Sipek reserved comment
until the board acts on state Auditor Adam Edelen's referral of the

Edelen also referred results of the audit to the Internal Revenue Service, Attorney General Jack Conway and the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True, said he thought an investigation focused on his client would be unlikely.

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