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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 2, 2012
The parks investigation: Assistant describes parks official's worry over state audit

Person interviewed: Katerina Jose
Job : administrative assistant, 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. 9, 3012
Notable quote: "You can tell with him ... he turns red, you know ..." - Jose's comment (on transcription page 26) about how she knew her boss, parks personnel officer Jason Summers, was upset that the department was being audited.

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 a subsequent 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 all of those documents readily accessible to the public.
Jose Interview 2012-3-9

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