Report: Ill. prison hire had clout, not experience
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections filled a high-ranking prison administrator's position with a man who had political clout but whose qualifications fell far short of the agency's own job-description requirements, a state investigation has found.
The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, in a report released Wednesday, did not name the administrator or the prison where he works. But it indicated he had prior experience only in teaching theater, as an assistant manager at a "movie store," and managing an office for his father's political campaign. The report did not name the father.
The agency's description for the job cited the need for extensive educational and practical experience in criminology, penal administration and prison supervision. Corrections Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez, who is named in the report, acknowledged that the job required the ability to run the entire prison in an emergency.
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