posted at 11/29/2012 12:05 PM EST
In response to NO MO O's comment:
Critics rolled their eyes at Gov. Deval Patrickâs âconvenientâ excuse yesterday â that his administration canât crack the mystery of how repeat roadway offender Sheila Burgess became the stateâs highway safety director because her hiring records were destroyed in the normal course of business.
âItâs all too convenient that basically we have no records of how she came to be hired ... particularly for an administration that came in saying, âWe have to do things differently,â â said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading). âIâd like to find out who made the final decision to sign off on hiring this person. Was it the governorâs chief of staff? The lieutenant governor? Then Iâd like to find out what made you decide that person? Was a background check done?â
âWeâve tried to get to the bottom of it,â Patrick insisted on WTKKâs âJim & Margery Showâ yesterday. âI think that was in the early days of the administration. We canât even find the documents because in the normal course those documents are gone, are destroyed.â
Patrick again called her hiring a âscrew-upâ and said, as governor, he takes responsibility. The administration is still trying to find out how she was hired, but a paper trail doesnât seem to exist, he said.
Patrickâs admission that âwe look ridiculousâ for placing Burgess at the head of highway safety drew mockery from the GOP.
âThis administration,â said MassGOP Executive Director Nate Little in a statement, â ... not only looks ridiculous but dangerously out of control.â
Record rules issued by the secretary of stateâs office require hiring documents, including letters of recommendation, be kept for three years from the time of hiring. But personnel records, including job offer and acceptance letters, must be kept for six years after the employee leaves. Burgess, a Democratic political operative hired in 2007, resigned this month.
Patrick officials could not produce documents from Burgessâ personnel file yesterday.
âObviously it does raise concerns,â said Pam Wilmot of Common Cause. âItâs important to find out who made the decision and to discipline that person and potentially move forward with reforms.â
Background checks expire after two years to prevent promotions based on expired checks and to safeguard personal information, said Patrick spokeswoman Kim Haberlin.
But Jones said he sees no reason to toss other hiring documents so quickly.
âKeeping letters of recommendation in a personnel file doesnât seem unreasonable to me,â Jones said.
Lying p o s
If you didn't question the masS destruction of records /hard drive removal/etc/ET AL of the Romney administration - then I suggest you take a nice warm bowl of STFU