HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - It's reported that Gov. Bob Riley's
administration put a retired state employee to work in 2007 at
nearly $60,000 a year while still drawing a state pension of more
than $30,000. The Huntsville Times says the retiree, Sandra Porter,
was hired under a contract with Auburn University Montgomery,
avoiding the legislature's contract review committee.
The newspaper also says the retiree later began work for Paragon
Source, a computer firm that got a no-bid $6 million contract with
Riley's finance department. Riley has defended the unbid contract
and recently increased it to $13 million.
Former assistant state Finance Director Andy Hornsby said Monday
that Porter was brought out of retirement to help with a budget
initiative. He said the head of Paragon Source later asked that
Porter be put on its payroll.
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