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Elections board chided for hiring official's husband

Posted May 13, 2008

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— A state audit released Tuesday chastised the State Board of Elections after a temporary job was given to the husband of the board's deputy director.

Neither the deputy director nor her husband was named in the report.

The Office of State Personnel told the deputy director in December that her son-in-law couldn't fill a permanent position with the elections board, according to the report. Three months later, the deputy director's husband began working on voting equipment for the agency as a temp, the report said.

Gary Bartlett, executive director of the elections board, said in his response to the audit that agency officials were assured that the temporary arrangement didn't violate state law.

The temporary employment was ended last month, Bartlett said.

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