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Personnel Board may investigate Agriculture dept. hirings

Personnel Board may investigate Agriculture dept. hirings

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 11:28 PM

The Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer reports that a personnel board vice-president who tried and failed to be hired to a merit post within the agriculture department is asking the board to investigate whether two political appointees unfairly got the ag jobs instead.

 (Larry B.) Gillis, who had applied for the jobs in question and also serves as assistant director of the Personnel Cabinet, said the move has “the appearance of pre-selection and the attempt to burrow them into the merit system,” which protects workers from being dismissed without cause. Political appointees, also called non-merit workers, serve at the pleasure of their appointing officer.

The board is due to consider his case on Friday.

Agriculture Commissoner Richie Farmer is the GOP nominee for lt. governor.

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