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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 (http://bit.ly/JT2TJq) 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
report.

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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Information from: The State Journal,
http://www.state-journal.com

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