After terminating 27 employees and reassigning 14 others in May when a review of her office found workers without bachelor’s degrees, adequate training, and job skills, State Auditor Suzanne Bump yesterday announced the hiring of 20 staff members.
Among the auditors and analysts hired are the nephews of former Senate president Robert Travaglini and former state senator Cheryl Jacques.
Bump posted the names, positions, and qualifications of the new hires on her website.
“I am excited that so many bright and qualified men and women are joining our staff,’’ Bump said in a statement. “Our recruitment efforts at business schools and regional job fairs paid off. Our new auditors have impressive resumes and bring diverse business and accounting experience to our audit team.’’
There were 273 applicants for the 20 positions.
The new audit staff members all hold certifications and college degrees within the auditing field, according to Bump’s office, including two certified public accountants, two law school graduates, and eight master’s degrees. All 20 hold bachelor’s degrees in related fields.
Paul Travaglini and Michael Jacques were hired as field auditors, carrying a salary range of between $40,000 and $45,000 a year.
Travaglini has a bachelor of arts degree in business management; Jacques has a bachelor of science degree in management.
Officials in the auditors’ office said that no candidates for positions interviewed directly with Bump and that all recommendations were held by executive staff and not passed on to the hiring team.
Officials also said that no recommendations for Travaglini or Jacques were received by family members or officials within state government.