Person interviewed: Ted Novack
Job: senior parks and recreation specialist
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: "The comment was that you should take advantage of this because I'm going to." - Novack recalling encouragement by Manuel Lopez, the deputy director at the center of parks covert leave buyback program, for managers in a meeting to cash out their leave. Novack didn't participate because, he told investigators, he didn't need the money and preferred to take the time off.
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, which spurred the revelation that parks squirreled away millions of dollars while also threatening to close facilities due to extreme budget pressure.
This post is the next in a series intended to make the documents readily accessible to the public.
Novack Interview 2012-2-24