Inspector finds DNR gave ‘excessive’ raise to employee

The state Inspector General has found that the Department of Natural Resources paid excessive salaries to at least one employee and that another high-ranking official admitted during an investigation that “I do nothing.”

But the 24-page report found that a series of other allegations filed against the agency by an employee were unsubstantiated, including claims that agency leaders funneled money and jobs to friends and associates.

The investigation, prompted by an unnamed employees’ complaint, found that Bob McPherson was allowed to keep a 20 percent salary increase after he was promoted from budget analyst to acting assistant fiscal officer. But, after he requested a return to his former position, he was allowed to keep the pay increase. That, the investigation found, was inappropriate.

John Thompson a 29-year employee of the agency, was transferred from chief of operations for state parks to assistant director of financial services and given a 22 percent salary increase. But, during the investigation, Thompson admitted he does not supervise employees as expected. He told investigators that was “a ficticious-type arrangement,” adding, “I do nothing.”

Thompson is paid $109,900 following the raise.

Efforts to reach DNR officials for comment have not been successful.

7 comments Add your comment

Cynical Sammy

July 29th, 2009
7:18 am

As Robert Earl Keen said, “The road goes on forever and the party never ends”. There’s a fine line between a politician and a crook…sometimes there is no line.

Doug

July 29th, 2009
8:51 am

The link in the article is broken. The OIG report and DNR’s response can be read at the OIG website.

Red

July 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

Since Mr. Thompson is “doing nothing” it is time for him to go home permanently.

dgroy

July 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Keep digging, please…..I’m sure there are many, many others like Mr. Thompson. Maybe we can find enough to balance the budget.

AH

July 29th, 2009
10:27 pm

His mistake was he wasn’t in the HR dept. they give themselves bumps and raises all the time.

Nobody reads long posts.

July 30th, 2009
8:37 am

Hey, the ones who weren’t not doing anything were busy stealing from us. They should ALL GO AWAY AND LEAVE US ALONE. WE DON’T NEED THESE THIEVES AND FRAUDS.

Not surprised

August 10th, 2009
1:09 pm

Why am I not surprised…the people that work for the state and do their jobs well don’t get paid nearly enough and receive very few raises. The people that make around 6 figures a year end up “doing nothing”?!!! Things really need to change.