Person interviewed: Michael Harris
Job: Acting chief deputy director, State Parks
Interviewed by: Corrine Murphy, Justice Department deputy attorney general, and Angela Nowicki, Superintendent II, State Parks Law Enforcement Emergency Services
Date of interview:Feb. 24, 2012
Notable quote: "My immediate thought was there was a large lapse of judgment at the very least. A large lapse of judgment serious enough that ultimately we relieve Manuel of his CEA duties." - Harris recalling his thoughts when he first heard of the parks covert leave buyback plan hatched by Deputy Director Manuel Lopez. The quote is found on page 14 of the transcript.
Note: The leave scandal cost Harris his job. He received this termination letter from the department on July 20. The effective termination date was Aug. 9.
This post is part of a series intended to make public all of the documents released by the California Natural Resources Agency's investigation of the leave covert cash out of leave time by parks employees in the summer of 2011, even as it was preparing to close facilities for lack of funds.