Daley has ruled over hiring for over 20 years. Way to many people have been cheated out of an opportunity to get a job and promotion. The Chicago residency program for Chicago employees are an additional tool Daley uses to keep enough city workers to perform his political desires. Thanks again to Fran Spielman for this article. Patrick McDonough
]]>Shakman monitor objects to Daley-run hiring office
FEDERAL WATCHDOG | Cites ‘history of noncompliance’
September 28, 2007
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A federal hiring monitor Thursday filed strenuous objections to Mayor Daley’s plan to create a new Office of Compliance to police city hiring and pick up where the monitor leaves off.
Noelle Brennan cited the city’s “history of noncompliance,” a series of violations and fears that only Inspector General David Hoffman is independent enough to guarantee compliance.
Brennan cited examples, including the case of a high-ranking employee who dared to report a violation to the monitor and was punished.
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Individuals in the mayor’s office retaliated against the employee by attempting to “exclude her from meetings . . . have her stripped of certain duties and attempting to isolate her from the rest of her working group,” the report said. The only explanation for the treatment was that the employee “could not be trusted.”
Several other examples were cited.
“Even after the appointment of the monitor, the city continued to violate the Shakman decree by appointing individuals into ‘exempt’ positions that simply did not exist,” the monitor wrote.
“To ‘correct’ this problem, a former deputy chief of staff violated the decree further by moving open Shakman-exempt slots from one department to another, an action prohibited” by court order.
And despite a requirement that individuals involved in the hiring process verify that it was free from political influence by signing sworn affidavits, an audit revealed that “hundreds of certifications were missing for completed hires and only partial certifications existed for others.”
In another case, the monitor told the city that a city department had engaged in “extensive and blatant manipulation of the hiring rules to promote two pre-selected individuals into higher paid positions.”
In a settlement reached earlier this year, the city agreed to set up a $12 million fund to compensate applicants bypassed in favor of political favorites. Under that agreement, the city can get out from under the Shakman decree Dec. 31, 2008, if the court agrees that there is substantial compliance.
Brennan filed her objections with U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen, who will make the final decision.