The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 15, 2012
The parks investigation: Park law enforcement official didn't think employees would return leave cash

In response to blog user requests, The State Worker has posted dozens of state Parks and Recreation documents released by the Natural Resources Agency that lay out an investigation this year into a secret leave buyback program. We realized this month that an interview transcript of one other parks employee was not part of the batch we received.

When The Bee asked about the transcript, the agency promptly turned over the reacted document. In the interest of being thorough, we're posting the transcript here. We've already added it to our parks investigation document index.

Person interviewed: Tina Williams
Job: Parks and Recreation division chief, law enforcement and emergency services
Interviewed by: Corrine Murphy, Justice Department deputy attorney general, and Angela Nowicki, Superintendent II, State Parks Law Enforcement Emergency Services
Date of interview: Mar. 28, 2012
Notable quote: "Good luck with that." -- Williams recollection of her thought when her supervisor, Manuel Lopez, suggested that an employee complaint about the leave buyback program could force employees to return cashouts they had received.

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