Secretary of State Under Fire for Hiring Decisions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
The state Personnel Board’s Executive Director Floyd Shimomura told reporters that charges by unnamed employees in Shelley’s executive office suggest he crossed the line from the inappropriate to the possibly illegal. CUT: Shimomura09 :09 The Personnel Board’s audit also suggests that Shelley maintained an old-fashioned “spoils” system of hiring favorites based on political considerations rather than merit. The Personnel Board has referred some of its findings to Attorney General Bill Lockyer and is considering whether to place Shelley’s office on probation and monitor all its future hiring. Shelley’s chief spokeswoman says the accusations in the audit are not substantiated and that Shelley will testify next week before the legislature’s joint audit committee. SOC