Report: Ag. Department didn't follow hiring regs

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charges won't be pursued because the appointments were rescinded and the department has had a change in leadership.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.
Information from: The State Journal,

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