KY Agricultural Department Hires

Murray, KY – A report by the Kentucky Personnel Board says the state Agriculture Department didn't follow regulations when it hired two people for protected government jobs. The report calls the department's hiring process totally arbitrary and orders agency employees to attend training on how to advertise for openings. According to the report, the two women were hired for the openings from non-merit positions without a formal interview. Personnel Board Executive Director Mark Sipek says criminal charges won't be pursued because the appointments were rescinded and the department has had a change in leadership. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer took office this month and has ordered an audit of the department after questions arose about spending, travel vouchers and time sheets.