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Corruption Alleged in Hiring by OC Supervisors

Executive assistants were promised jobs before openings were even posted, union official says.

Orange County officials turned over two years of records to union leaders who demanded information on the hiring of executive assistants who work for members of the Board of Supervisors.

A cursory reading of those records prompted a union spokeswoman to accuse county officials of violating hiring policies that could endanger state and federal funding for the county.

"It's frightening," said Jennifer Muir of the Orange County Employees Association. "There's information in there that someone already promised somebody a job before they even opened it up or unfroze the position or recruited anyone at all."

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach said county officials were aware of issues with hiring and aiming for reform.

"We're working on addressing some of the issues," Moorlach said.

County officials turned over the records after Muir sent a letter saying the union would sue if six years of records were not released. The latest request cited the California Public Records Act.

If the six years of records are not turned over in 10 days, the union will consider a lawsuit, Muir said.

For months, the union had been requesting the information, but not received a response, Muir said.

Some issues involved hiring employees without a formal recruiting process. And some executive assistants received substantial raises while most employees had frozen salaries and positions went unfilled, Muir said.

"At a time our members have been paying full boat to pensions ... those appointees don't have to do that," Muir said. "And the Board of Supervisors are not paying their fair share [to pensions]. ... We wanted more information about that. We've been asking through the proper channels and we were completely stonewalled."

If it's shown the county did not adhere to state rules on hiring, it could jeopardize money the county gets from other government agencies, Muir said.

Moorlach said there's recognition that employees of a supervisor who is near the end of his term will want to either get a job in one of the county's departments or return to a previous county job.

"There needs to be some policies and procedures established to make sure that's done in a proper form and fashion," Moorlach said.

-- City News Service

Carol October 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Happens in dept HR's also. They seemed to have tossed out the selection rules and procedures after decentrlization.
Insider2 October 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
This is nonsense. First of all the Board of Supervisors staff are classified as "Executive Assistants" (EA's)not "Policy Advisors" the PA term does not even exist and Moorlach just made it up. EA's are rarely pulled from the existing rank and file. The EA classification does not and never has ever been a "lateral transfer" to Administrative Manager 1. And finally, department heads are not asked they are told to place EA's and that persons "talent" or "skill" has nothing to do with it. EA placements are seen by BOS operatives as a right. OCEA is 100% on the right track with this issue and Moorlach is actually spewing made up balony that will make him look very very foolish. And, he actually believes he is providing leadership.
jennyrajork October 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Moorlach has just issued a weak and very suspect response to this article in his weekly thin skinned and humorless "Moorlach update" - the entire BOS is hiding facts on this issue as they are ripe for severe critique. EVERY EA who is working in a Department was placed - and every "recruitiment" where an EA was hired was a set up for that person only. What should make the public very upset is the absolute fact that nobody from the public will ever get these plum jobs - they are reserved for the political favorites. No internal candidate without BOS will ever get these opportunities. And very very few ever worked for the County and from an existing current county job went into a EA position.... And Mr. Moorlach - don't go making up stuff - you know there is no such thing as a "PA" and you know that under no circumstance can an EA do a lateral into and Admin. I or non-management Staff Specialist position - never never never. Unless....you want to break the rules....and it looks like ya did.
BTB October 07, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Well, remember who Obama said built these jobs. Deceit and corruption is the norm.
Holly Telford October 10, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Time for change.

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