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Three state employees fired after nepotism reports

Posted April 27, 2012
Updated April 28, 2012

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— North Carolina’s Division of Emergency Management announced Friday that it has fired three employees whose children got unadvertised, high-paying jobs to work on disaster relief last year.

Assistant directors Steve Sloan and Emily Young were initially put on on paid, 30-day leaves while the agency investigated the nepotism reports.

The firings of Sloan, Young and community development specialist Carole Ingram came one day after the WRAL Investigates team reported that six state employees had their children working on disaster relief following last year's April tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.

Calling himself a "scapegoat," Sloan said Friday that he has "done nothing wrong" and plans to "appeal this for as long as it takes to get the truth out."

In a previous interview with WRAL Investigates, Sloan said he didn't have oversight over anyone. "I knew, of course, my son, but everybody else, I had no idea," he said.

WRAL Investigates could not reach Young or Ingram for comment.

The agency said Friday that an internal investigation is ongoing regarding accusations of nepotism, but that investigation is not specific to any individuals.

Two community development specialists – Willie Mae Cox and Patty Moyer – and individual assistance coordinator Donna Latimer all had children working as disaster reservists. Latimer recently left the agency.

Disaster reservists are jobs that typically go to former state workers or people who have worked in disaster areas before.

Sloan’s son, Steven Sloan, got a community relations job after both events, making $20.92 an hour. The state paid him a total of $43,391.53, which included overtime pay, hotel and meals.

Young’s daughter, Jessica Kilpatrick, worked on the governor’s hotline after the tornadoes and made $18.18 an hour, for a total of $2,225.08, which included overtime pay.

Ingram’s son, Addison Ingram III, worked in community relations after Hurricane Irene and made $16.90 an hour, for a total of $19,226.67, which included overtime pay, hotel and meals. Her daughter, Addisondra Ingram, worked in community relations after the tornadoes and made $17.57 an hour, for a total of $4,193.26, which included overtime pay.

Three state employees whose children received high-paying jobs have been fired Three state employees whose children received high-paying jobs have been fired

Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell issued a memo on March 19, changing the agency’s hiring practices, especially for temporary employees. He also included a copy of the state’s policy on nepotism.

Among the changes, Hoell wrote, Temporary Solutions, a separate state agency, will now handle the advertising, recruitment, screening and recommendation of candidates for the agency’s temporary employment needs.

The WRAL Investigates team found that friends of some of the employees’ children got temporary jobs as disaster reservists as well. However, that is not covered by the state's nepotism policy.


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  • halfpint1552 May 4, 3:41 p.m.

    The best way of finding a job these days is through social connections, whether it be family or friends. So what if their family knew of the job opportunity and shared with them how to apply. Someone had to get it and it sure doesn't look like they were "overpaid" to me. What's the big deal?

  • childrenlearn123 May 1, 5:15 p.m.

    By the way the money someone added in for meals; the reservist pays for all of the food they eat while away from home and the state pay them back for the money they spent; sometimes it can be as long as 30 to 60 days before they get paid back. Hotel pay was added in also with the total. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO! where do the employees suppose to stay while they are helping RESTORE AND REBUILD NORTH CAROLINA CITIZENS AFTER THE DISASTERS?

  • childrenlearn123 May 1, 4:56 p.m.

    Thanks RM24, but part of the comment got cut off; however, I will complete the comment.

    As I was saying: Reservist workers, having local residents pointing guns at them, because they didn’t want help from the state, or getting attacked by insect, filling out hundreds of applications for local residents daily. Listening to the many stories day in and day out from individuals who loss all of their personal property and sometimes their family members. Those so call abusers of taxpayer's money and people of nepotism are the ones that restore North Carolina's communities after the disasters; while you get to sleep in your own beds, laugh and talk with your family and friends every day and night. The Reservist job is not your regular 9 to 5 job.
    Reservists got caught on a flooding Island, and the only way off was by ferry. To make matters even worst the FERRY STOP RUNNING! And some of those over paid reservist stayed on that Island with no way off, and you think they

  • RM24 May 1, 11:23 a.m.

    After a disaster how long should the State hold interviews and have job postings before hiring? A year make yall happy? That way once they get there, the areas cleaned up and no help needed? Do you have a clue what working conditions were like? I don't either. But before I get jealous over someone making 20 bucks an hour and slam their name I'm gonna get a few facts. Did they do a good job? Were they qualified? Or is the new standard now that if your a state employee your children can only take minimal wage jobs? So much jealousy from those I expect were TOO lazy to do the work !!!

  • RM24 May 1, 11:18 a.m.

    childrenlearn123: Good post.

  • childrenlearn123 May 1, 8:19 a.m.

    I agree WRAL, follow up on the story and talk to people who worked those so called over paid jobs and get the real story!

  • childrenlearn123 May 1, 8:15 a.m.

    I am shocked at the response of the public in thinking NC Emergency Management workers abused taxpayer's money. The whole story needs to be told from all sides. Yes, maybe some family members received jobs during the disaster and recovery deployment; maybe the jobs didn't get posted to the public first? Sure, there are people looking for $20.00 dollars an hour jobs. Have you all given any thought to those individuals and how they left their homes with less than 24 hours’ notice, traveled across the state to areas torn apart by those very storms you spoke of last spring and summer of 2011. No one is telling how there was not time to post jobs, no one is telling those individuals worked 11.50 hours for 7 days a week for 30 days. Those over paid state workers missed holidays, family gatherings, putting their children to bed at night, living in hotels; sometime checking in and out of hotels as much as 5 times within those 30 days. Reservist workers, having local residents pointing guns a

  • fuzzter1 Apr 30, 7:36 p.m.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. I did some time at Revenue. The manager of my department hired her neice to fill a non-existent job. The course of her consisted of arriving late, sleeping on desk and brief spurts of net-surfing - all sprinkled with numerous long breaks and talking on her phone (which would wake up).

    When I complained I was told to let it go. When I complained some more I was told my job was in jeopardy.

    This thing is rampant at Revenue. The taxpayers have no idea. When I first started working there I appalled.

    I hope WRAL keeps digging to expose more of this waste of taxpayer money.

  • ChuckD Apr 30, 10:40 a.m.

    Nepotism is bad in the eyes of the state. But cronyism is just fine...aint that right, Bev Perdue and William Harrison?

  • gnewsome1 Apr 27, 7:58 p.m.

    Same stuff, different day.

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