Friday, January 16, 2015
Let's say a job opens up at the courthouse, and Brown departs from his normal practi ce and actually decides to fill it. Under the County's Administrative Code, that job must first be offered internally.If no one applies, or those who ado apply are unqualified, the County can look to the outside.
At Gracedale, two Housekeeping Supervisors' positions opened up last year. The job was duly posted, the way it was supposed to be. But while some County employees were busy filling out applications, Allen was taking her own outside choice for the job on a tour. In fact, while this job was still posted, Allen's buddy was already taking her physical.
The fix was in.
One applicant for this position, a county employee, had just graduated with a degree in restaurant and hotel management. I'd say he was qualified. But he never hear anything. When he contacted HR, he was told his application had been rejected for failure to include his resume, something he said was included. Other applicants who heard nothing were told they had neglected to attach a cover letter.
The fix was in.
Instead of filling the position with someone who was familiar with the County, Allen picked her pals, defeating the whole point of merit selection.
At the jail, where Allen has removed most of the personnel files and is conducting a major investigation, she's managed to find another crony. A corrections officer snitch. A tea party acolyte, no less. One who has been suspended at least twice. Allen has voided disciplinary action taken against this tattle tale while she conducts her investigation.
It's one that will no doubt recommend privatizing the jail. That is a recipe for disaster, but is what I would expect from a high school grad who is using her county position to take care of her pals.