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Audit says eliminated employees were paid and there’s no evidence they worked

Senator Liz Mathis
Senator Liz Mathis

DES MOINES – An audit completed by the state auditor’s office at the behest of Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, shows that six persons who worked for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz had their jobs eliminated in 2012 but continued to accept pay.

According to the audit, State Auditor and former Deputy Director Mary Mosiman was paid for one week of accumulated vacation she should not have received when she left the Secretary of State’s office. It was recommended Mosiman refund $2,500 to the State for the excess vacation pay she received.

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The Secretary of State office incurred an additional $90,738.67 of salary, vacation, and benefits expense as a result of retaining former Deputy Director Jim Gibbons on the payroll for the period June 8, 2012 through December 31, 2012. During this period, Gibbons was only required to be available by phone and/or report to the Office at least four days per week where he was required to check- in with Deputy Director Mosiman and be available for questions. Jenkins also reported the Office incurred an additional $21,317.89 of payroll expense for two employees who resigned and were retained on the payroll longer than the normal practice of 2 weeks for at-will employees. The Office also incurred an additional $1,706.78 of salary and benefits for three union employees who were retained on the payroll longer than the 20 working days required under the union contract.

The audit says that the public benefit of the Secretary of State’s Office paying Mr. Gibbons and other employees the additional salary, vacation, and benefits cannot be determined due to the lack of documentation supporting work performed by Mr. Gibbons and the other employees.

The full report is available here.

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