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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