But what about the lack of job apps?

You read about the convicted rapist who was hired by his sister at the Montgomery County Board of Elections here first: Government Job- no posting required.

Now the punishment is being meted out-

A Montgomery County Board of Elections supervisor will serve an unpaid three-day suspension for recommending her brother for a job without notifying the board that he had a felony rape conviction, according to board Director Steve Harsman.

Beverly King, who is supervisor of registration, will serve the suspension Dec. 1, 2, and 3.

The delay is because she is needed through the end of November to assist with the certification of ballots and other election duties, Harsman said.

The discipline was for displaying a lack of appropriate judgment and in response to complaints from employees about discourteous treatment by her. She will be required to attend management classes, but will not be demoted, Harsman said.

via Election official suspended, touted ex-offender brother for job.

There was a 2 hour meeting on Tuesday by the board- and this is the best they can do?

What about the fact that none of these jobs are legally posted- and handed out to friends and family?

What about the fact that all the employees that are “Republican” (because the BOE is a 2 party slush fund) had filled out full job applications- and NONE of the Democrats did? Isn’t that illegal? And shouldn’t the head of the BOE, Dem Steve Harsman also be facing either discipline or dismissal?

It’s time that a full investigation of number of employees- pay, benefits- budgets of the BOE be examined and reevaluated.

Hiring of your brother, convicted rapist or not, without a job posting, job application- or any oversight (he also had more hours than any part-timer- including overtime because he rode to work with his sister) is grounds for not only dismissal but criminal charges. But of course for the “Monarchy of Montgomery County” laws, nor common sense apply.

Is it any wonder that we don’t trust our government to regionalize?

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9 Responses

  1. Sue November 20, 2010 / 2:14 pm
    Three days?  What a joke.  Why bother.  The system is seriously broken.
  2. mcohio November 20, 2010 / 2:30 pm
    there is a lot more to the story that is not being reported. One should ask who was responsible for collecting the applications and what that persons relationship is to the Director. Why was that administrative person never mentioned or disciplined.
  3. Phil November 20, 2010 / 2:39 pm
    I sure they are about to hand out bonuses at the County Money Pit! What kid of OT did they make ? What other office gets paid for 40 and only works 35? Thats rights folks, they get their lunches paid! OMG! WTF! Who is charge of this overspending!!!Who should go to jail???Open up the books DDN!
  4. Helpme November 20, 2010 / 2:45 pm
    I agree with mcohio. Who’s responsibile for background checks? Maybe we should clean house and start fresh!
  5. Buddy November 22, 2010 / 12:47 pm
    That is not the first time somebody has worked at the Board of Disfunction w/ a criminal record. Anthony Harris worked there for a year and didn’t have a drivers license and was driving the county van selling drugs, And Harsman knew it! Check everyone’s record at that place. Why is Harsman still there?????
  6. Tellall November 22, 2010 / 1:52 pm
    who are they gonna hire next? Does anyone care? Why do they get paid lunches? What else do they get for free Phones? Parking? Clothes? Food?
  7. Steve Brack November 25, 2010 / 1:11 pm

    Posting pregnant questions with obvious answers?  I’d’ve thought that was beneath you;  I’d’ve been wrong:
     
     
    “There was a 2 hour meeting on Tuesday by the board- and this is the best they can do?”
    Hmm, they could fire her, but you’re on record as thinking even that is insufficient. Whether the prosecutor could or would investigate is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish that has nothing to do with the BoE.
    “What about the fact that none of these jobs are legally posted- and handed out to friends and family?”
    How should partisan political jobs be distributed?  They are appointed by the BoE members from each political party, so that no one faction has control of the means of election.

    “What about the fact that all the employees that are “Republican” (because the BOE is a 2 party slush fund) had filled out full job applications- and NONE of the Democrats did?”

    What about it? Each party can operate its own process for selecting people to propose for the BoE. I’d rather not see the Government dictating internal party policy.

    “Isn’t that illegal?”

    No, but asking the question avoids having to do the research or prove the claim.  Rhetorical tricks should be beneath you.

    “And shouldn’t the head of the BOE, Dem Steve Harsman also be facing either discipline or dismissal?”

    Why?  He followed the law.  When a public official follows the law, we generally don’t fire him for it.

    “Hiring of your brother, convicted rapist or not, without a job posting, job application- or any oversight (he also had more hours than any part-timer- including overtime because he rode to work with his sister) is grounds for not only dismissal but criminal charges.”

    Dismissal?  On no grounds?  Criminal charges?  With no statute having been violated? People who conform their behavior to the law shouldn’t be threatened by it.  That’s a tactic of Second & Third World dictatorships.

    If you don’t like the law, attack the law. Attacking the people who carry out the law just for doing so strikes me as petty, vindictive, and perhaps retributive, given your history with the BoE.  In other words, make sure these people have committed a crime before you construct a gallows from which to hang them.

    Finding people to blame is easy if you disregard whether they are, in fact, to blame.  For shame.

  8. David Esrati November 25, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    @Steve – people who are paid with our tax dollars- not the parties money, have a responsibility to be responsible with it. Nepotism is clearly not legal- nor is ignoring government hiring practices.

    The whole 2 party duopoly at the Board of Elections is of questionable legality as well- but, to go one step further- we elect a coroner in every county- but not an honest person to oversee elections.

    We should do away with the elections of clerks of courts, auditors, treasurers, sheriffs, coroners- and instead- elect an ethics oversight board- they’d have a lot more to do- to protect and serve the public.

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