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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 28, 2012
The parks investigation: Parks employee explains her 200-hour leave cash out

Person interviewed: Karyn Lombard
Job: Training specialist, Parks and Recreation
Interviewed by: Corrine Murphy, Justice Department deputy attorney general, and Angela Nowicki, Superintendent II, State Parks Law Enforcement Emergency Services
Date of interview: Mar. 29, 2012
Notable quote: "I believe he said, it's your money anyways." - Lombard, on page 12 of the transcript, recalling what parks Personnel Officer Jason Summers said when she thanked him for a 200-hour leave cashout she received.

The California Natural Resources Agency recently released more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and reports that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at the Department of Parks and Recreation during the summer of 2011.

Natural resources issued the documents online in response to media requests after The Bee broke the story of the leave cash-out program. The report spurred a subsequent revelation that parks squirreled away millions of dollars while also threatening to close facilities due to lack of money.

This post is the next in a series intended to make all of those 38 documents readily accessible to the public within the next few days.
Lombard Interview 2012-3-29

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