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Barry Nelson, Published September 01 2010

Revelations on overtime shocking

I want to thank Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, for bringing to light the amount of overtime pay being distributed in the secretary of state’s office.

It was extremely shocking to see that 3,600 hours of overtime were paid to Al Jaeger’s staff. Even more shocking was the two salaried managers of the office accruing 1,154 hours themselves. From what I can gather from other reports, this is an exception to other offices at the state Capitol.

This information coming on the heels of several other reports regarding the inconsistency at the office have led me to think something must change and that new, competent leadership is needed.

Again, in the past four months alone, Jaeger’s office has forgotten to place an individual on the ballot, signed a contract with an out-of-state company (which Jaeger attempted to deny) and sent an election certificate to a candidate without enough votes to actually be placed on one.

I just don’t trust Jaeger’s leadership after these countless displays of mismanagement, and I look forward to a fresher perspective in our secretary of state’s office come November.