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Clean Cup: One Agency Head Flees While Another Moves Over To DOC

RevolvingdoorA couple of the Guv's top folks are moving around:

Governor announces two agency leadership changes

INDIANAPOLIS (November 8, 2007) - Governor Mitch Daniels said today that two state agency leaders are leaving their posts, one for a position outside of state government and the other for another state agency.

Debra Minott, one of the governor's first cabinet appointments, is resigning from her position as director of the Indiana State Department of Personnel, effective at the end of this year. She was general counsel and corporate secretary for Guidant Corporation before joining the administration in November 2004, and is returning to the private sector. Minott has accepted a position with CarDon & Associates, Inc., a company based in Bloomington that provides senior housing and lifestyle support services. The governor will name a replacement soon.

Michael W. Cunegin III, executive director of the Criminal Justice Institute, is joining the Department of Correction (DOC) as deputy commissioner of administration, effective November 26.

"Deb's tenure should be remembered as a time of important reforms. We were lucky to have her. She led the transition to a streamlined, smaller, but better state workforce and where for the first time people are rewarded for exceptional performance," said Daniels. "Mike's promotion will give him a great opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business in Commissioner Donahue."

In 2006, the state implemented a pay-for-performance plan that rewards outstanding work with greater pay increases. The state now also has in place two bonus programs: the Governor's Public Service Achievement Award, which provides awards of $1,000 to employees who advance the governor's objectives to improve efficiency, provide better service and stretch tax dollars, and a spot bonus program that gives agency heads the flexibility to make monetary awards to employees who exhibit outstanding performance through a measurable outcome.

Cunegin, from Fort Wayne, has been the Criminal Justice Institute's (CJI) leader since June 2006. He will replace Julie Von Arx, who left the DOC in September. Jason Hutchens, CJI chief deputy director, will be assigned to the duties of executive director until the governor selects a replacement based on a recommendation from the CJI Board of Directors.

Cunegin will oversee the department's human resources services, staff development and training, inspection services, prison industry and farm operations (P.E.N. Products) and technology services.

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While David Donahue of the Department of corrections covers up all the BS his top executives stirred up have intimate relations with there little Princes Java Ahmed. The DOC has paid out the maximum of $300,000 of your hard earned dollars plus a retirement package and legal fees to keep the corrupt business practices of a central office brothel under raps. Just to move on to the next issue at hand and tell the public the new deputy commissioner will be learning from the BEST in the Business. Give us all a huge break. Our new Deputy will know who and how to get off using your tax dollars soon.

This is interesting news.

TDW, you are right the other thread is getting too long. But I'm glad it generated the interest that it has, because the management of DOC is a problem and people need to pay attention. And it's been an important forum for DOC staffers. It's been their voice. Thanks for keeping it up.

6:21, saw your comment on the other thread signed "scared to be a female in the DOC"......

Don't worry. We don't last long in JD's boys club anyway.

classic. The first news we hear about our new deputy commissioner is from a blog, not our own agency leadership.

No offense, Ms. TDW. Thank you for keeping us informed.

I don't know if it is possible for the DOC to be messed up more than it is. This best in the business is a joke and Mitch knows it. MMM doesn't like facing the truth anymore than JDD does. Both are arrogant pompous men. No matter how wrong they may be they will not relent. All this is so horribly wrong. Few are left in the Dept. with true value. The DOC is corrupt.
Does anyone know Cunigen? Is there any hope of good things to come.

rumor is he messed up at cji and this is a favor

What was Mike's educational background?

I don't know how he could have messed up any more than the last person who was in charge at CJI.

fistrovich should know. he has worked for both jdd at doc and cunegin at cji

I am from Bloomington and I have never heard of Cardon & Assoc., though God knows,Area on Aging needs any help they can get to help Seniors. Is this a company that will take advantage of the Privatization of Medicaid and Food Stamps??? Are they a new set-up to walk into the void left by the Call Centers, which the Elderly will not be able to deal with on their own?? Did Mitch and IBM/ACS look at the number of Seniors that will "fall between the cracks"-of which, on paper, they estimated 10%...and did they decide it made a great fertile pasture for more of their corporate grazing??

background confusion is very interesting, something to check out?

here is his resume..so he's an IU grad

www.ai.org
www.ai.org/cji/staff/Cunegin.h - [Cached]
Published on: 3/4/2007 Last Visited: 3/4/2007

Mike Cunegin Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
...
Mr. Michael W. Cunegin II Executive Director

Mike Cunegin is the Executive Director for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Michael W. Cunegin II, joins the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute with over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, budgeting procedures and working with state legislators. He brings to his position as Executive Director of the agency, a comprehensive range of expertise that is beneficial to leading statewide public policy, strategic planning, research and evaluation, information sharing, and to administering over $60 million in federal funding to promote the initiatives of criminal justice, juvenile justice, victim's services, and traffic safety.

Prior to being appointed to lead the agency by Governor Mitch Daniels in June 2006, Mike served as a career law enforcement officer on the Fort Wayne Police Department (F.W.P.D). Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, Mike joined the Ft. Wayne Police Department in 1980, after graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and diligently worked his way through the ranks before ultimately being promoted to Sergeant in 1993. During his 26 year tenure with the F.W.P.D Mike served as a Homicide Detective Supervisor, a Vice and Narcotics officer, a Criminal Intelligence officer, Hostage Negotiator, a SWAT Team member, and an Academy Instructor. Mike's solid background in law enforcement will undoubtedly aid the agency in leading the Governor's charge to combat the spread and use of Methamphetamine in Indiana.

Mike later applied his practical and professional experiences to county government as he decided to run and ultimately won a seat on the Allen County Council. His political career began in 1994 when he was elected to 1st District Allen County Council. As an Allen County Council member, Mike also serves as third vice president of the Association of Indiana Counties. In 2001, he was elected to the office of Allen County Council President, where he served until 2003.

Mike remains active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations which all advocate for the social welfare of women, children and minorities. He currently is a member of various boards including, One Church One Offender, the Science Central board, and the YMCA.

Mike's scope of public service consisting of law enforcement and public policy will certainly prove to be invaluable to his new position. When he is not working, Mike loves spending time with his wife and children.

Current bio on the site is not what is posted here. What happened to his degree from IU and why is he getting demoted?

Minott had too much integrity for this crew. Good for her for moving on, though the timing is interesting.

Jason Hutchens and Mary Murdock were behind Mike's ouster. Why don't they just give Jason the top job so he'll do some real work and give up his investigating hobby on the State watch?
How many more lives is he going to destroy in his power grab? He'll stop at nothing,
n-o-t-h-i-n-g, same for his sidekick, Mary.

Who's glad they don't work for state government???

I am glad I don't work for state government.
Makes no difference what agency you are with it is all about politics. Very little good, lots of bad and always ugly. So far information on Cunigen does look good for DOC. When will tax payers wake up! Poor state leadership is costing money? Moving misfits from agency to agency does not help the problem.

The games of this administration continue, don't they? John von Arx uses his position as Policy Director for the Governor's Office as his personal chessboard. In a masterful move, he positions the very troubled Cunegin at DOC to give his buddy continued employment in a position formerly held by von Arx's ex wife, of all things! The added benefit of this arrangement is it keep's Cunegin on the inside where he can be controlled and his mouth firmly clamped shut. Under von Arx's control, CJI closes doors to all, but a few insiders, to whom he can direct money. Of course, he expects a big political and personal payback for all his hard work. Can we all say Crowe-Chizek? Hear Jason Barclay is doing well back in the private sector for all his 'hard work' while with the Governor.

Right, John von Arx can pull the trigger on millions of dollars. Lots of power there!

I know all about Mike Cunegin. We went to the same high school. He's whiter than I am. For all his years on the FWPD Vice-and-Narcotics beat, and Criminal Intelligence Unit; he sure wasnt able to raid, or ticket any illegal cherrymaster gambling devices, nor any of the racketeers operating them, nor any of the distributors either. So he did nothing about vice, his intelligence on them was zip. I witnessed him working off-duty security at a local "meat-market nightclub/concert venue, where he was herding intoxicated drivers to their cars, and off the lot at closing time, full aware of that fact, into the waiting dragnet of DUI "nazis" just down the street. I asked him about that "Like shooting fish in a barrell" was the reply. I also e-mailed frequently- him, and other local officials, hundreds of times, and dozens of phone calls about "the biggest illegal gambling racket in the hstory and cherrymasters"( all documented in my files) to which the vice and narcotics div, did nothing with this criminal intel. So In my opinion, and based on my personal observations; he is a crooked cop.
as well as asking him, and other city cops whenever I was sober, or not driving (so they couldnt bust me)so officer- what about those cherrymasters?- many of those same cops, working secirity in bars, and clubs, with the cherrymasters in plain view. I'd usually say dont you have a conflict of interest, and an appearance of impropriety, almost like you're guarding them? Then when I'd get a dirty look, i'd leave, or wander off for another beer.
So-IMHO, Cunegin is a crook, and needs to be on the other side of the bars he's now in charge of at DOC. And I would assert the same under oath. Him and the rest of the FWPD. look for him to run for Senator Wyss's seat next.

You saying his parents didn't raise him right?

If the Guv gave Jason Hutchens a real job, he wouldn't be able to continue his work of spying and slandering. He is - and always has been - an armchair warrior, with his skills best used to criticize the work of others, rather than going in and getting his hands dirty with the realy business of fighting crime.

Did John Von Arx ever graduate from college??? He's been a political hack going way back to the Goldsmith days. Never very competent, but...

Harken back to the standard the Guv set for his administration. What were his words? Interesting company he keeps given his supposed high standard. BS!

Where's the headline news that an agency head got fired?

Back to the original question. Did Cunegin graduate from college? Previous web bio said he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from IU. Yesterday's web bio makes no mention. Bio recently changed, he gets fired? What's going on here?

Mike Cunegin is the Executive Director for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Michael W. Cunegin II, joins the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute with over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, budgeting procedures and working with state legislators. He brings to his position as Executive Director of the agency, a comprehensive range of expertise that is beneficial to leading statewide public policy, strategic planning, research and evaluation, information sharing, and to administering over $60 million in federal funding to promote the initiatives of criminal justice, juvenile justice, victim’s services, and traffic safety.
Prior to being appointed to lead the agency by Governor Mitch Daniels in June 2006, Mike served as a career law enforcement officer on the Fort Wayne Police Department (F.W.P.D). Mike joined the Ft. Wayne Police Department in 1980, after graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and diligently worked his way through the ranks before ultimately being promoted to Sergeant in 1993. During his 26 year tenure with the F.W.P.D Mike served as a Homicide Detective Supervisor, a Vice and Narcotics officer, a Criminal Intelligence officer, Hostage Negotiator, a SWAT Team member, and an Academy Instructor. With his years of service, Mike cares about all areas of Law Enforcement, including road patrol, drug interdiction and (CIT) teams. Mike cares about both the public and private sectors. Mike’s solid background in law enforcement will undoubtedly aid the agency in leading the Governor’s charge to combat the spread and use of Methamphetamine in Indiana.
Mike later applied his practical and professional experiences to county government as he decided to run and ultimately won a seat on the Allen County Council. His political career began in 1994 when he was elected to 1st District Allen County Council. As an Allen County Council member, Mike also serves as third vice president of the Association of Indiana Counties. In 2001, he was elected to the office of Allen County Council President, where he served until 2003.
Mike remains active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations which all advocate for the social welfare of women, children and minorities. He currently is a member of various boards including, One Church One Offender, the Science Central board, and the YMCA.
Mike is willing to partner with others and serve the citizens of this State as he did as an officer and councilman. His scope of public service consisting of law enforcement and public policy will certainly prove to be invaluable to his new position. When he is not working, Mike loves spending time with his wife and children.

Contact Mike Cunegin, Executive Director
Phone: 317-232-1233
Email: mcunegin@cji.in.gov

This can't be real. Please, somebody out there. Can anything be done? This whole mess has reached the point of insanity. The DOC certainly does not need another very white conservative male idiot at the helm. We are already drowning in bigoted idiots. HELP ! We need a little ; no, lots of common sense around here. Not a losing misfit from another agency.

You're missing the point. The 'idiot' misfit is just a pawn in the chess game. Other pawns have been played and discarded. This one is lucky because he gets some more 'time on the board'.

5:18, correct. 4:32, correct.

This whole mess has reached the point of insanity. Cunegin's appointment as Deputy Commissioner hasn't even been announced to DOC staff that I know of. I've only seen it here!!

The arrogance of Central Office doesn't see fit to keep their own staff informed.

The DOC is being managed by egos in cubicles downtown, who have no clue about what is happening out in the facilities and parole. Most have no business in any kind of administrative role in this profession, they haven't any experience or understanding of what this work is all about, how to do it, or how to do it well.

Insanity.

so, any move to DOC is a demotion? The press release said Cunegin was promoted.

what does the deputy commissioner of administration do anyway? does cunegin have the experience and background for the position?

Mike's working for a person who was once a peer. That is a demotion. This was not a planned move from CJI. He did stuff, tried to cover, it backfired, he's gone from CJI, and John saved Mike's ass while also covering his own. That's what the insider boys do for each other.

Note, Deb is leaving as head of State Personnel. Do we not see the link? Are we blind?

If Mike got in trouble on the job which State agency would be most likely to address it? Duh? Personnel? Now there's a thought. How about another? Some of the arm twisters put Deb in a bad position over this guy's antics, either forcing her out or she volunteered?

TDW, are you AWOL today or just on this topic? Seems weird you tee up the topic, bring up 'jack and then hide. Are you requesting public access to find out exactly what is going on here?

Some interesting rumors swirling around this guy. Conspiracy and cover-up?

This isn't about Cunegin, but about DOC. I originally started to post this on the Knuckle-Knock thread, but agree that it is just becoming too long. So I post this here now, regarding the 4% pay increase:

Of course I'm happy about a pay increase like anyone would be. But it's not going to make me shut up and stop noticing that this administration keeps managing the department into a dangerous level of chaos.

This pay increase came out of nowhere. Who can believe it has anything to do with any promise that MMM made to JDD to "support the Department so long as we improved the efficiency and effectiveness of correctional services in Indiana...." Because according to the Governor's own progress reports put out this last year, the DOC sure didn't stand out with outstanding improvements in any area.

So just what exactly IS the great "efficiency and effectiveness" suddenly shown by the DOC that the Governor is suddenly so eager to reward? Outside and above his much-touted Pay-For-Performance strategy that all other agencies work under?

The CEO of Indiana, Inc. just gave out a very big bonus to one of his employees...based on what?

Doesn't anyone in the Legistlature want to know? Do any taxpayers want to know?

How can anyone not see this for what it is??

J. David is starting to notice that his DOC punks/employees don't really worship his greatness. People are leaving, and people are talking. JDD asked Daddy Mitch for some cash so that he can keep the growing mob quiet.

AND THE GOVERNOR JUST GAVE IT TO HIM ?!?

Yes I'm happy for more money. But doesn't anyone have questions about this???

How can one get to the bottom of all of this? Bits and pieces have been thrown out about the corrupt JDD for months. But for what ever reason it goes nowhere. Is there not enough meat on the bone? What is the problem? JD may be a bright , articulate man. But he has little repect from those he leads, has a horrible repuation for the way he leads, has lost many good people because of the way he leads, and last but not least has led the DOC into total chaos.
Could the problem be that the taxpayers don't give a hoot about the DOC, its leadership, or its employees? DOC is not anywhere on their list of concerns? Thus, the gov doesn't care?
If the DOC is going to get back to what it was and should be then a factual greivance, or compliant will have to be filed within the dept. It will need to be more than one person. Don't say look at what happened to Java. Really she won. She is very young and got lots of money. More money than she could have made in several years. People will have to stand up to this man. People with a strong backbone, strong constitution and willingness to fight for right.
I understand that most if not all Supt's and Director's are not willing to put up that kind of fight. They are established in their career and don't want to give up what they have,to fight an idiot. I think the overriding feeling is that this too shall pass.But maybe just maybe somebody out there will say enough is enough.
Must also keep focused on Cunegin. Seems his appointment is going to exacerbate the many problems already at hand in the DOC. I thought degrees were by statute required to be a Deputy? Can anyone clear up the question of Cunigen's degree or no degree. Were his actions at CJI illegal, immoral, or, just imprudent acts. Is the DOC going to be the dumping grounds for misfits?

seems to me the money Mr. Donahue saved through better efficiency and management is being put into our paychecks instead of the rainy day fund as certain DemocRATic administrations did...*COUGH* Bayh. Mr. Donahue has said he wants to improve our pay and with increased pay we may be able to recruit and retain staff. The BS that people are leaving because Mr. Donahue is mean is just that BS, people are leaving for better paying jobs. Money talks and BS walks....to Ohio or Illinois or the Federal system.

Right. That's why Ed Motley left. And Julie Von Arx. Because as DC's they weren't making enough money. Right.

And all the others who've left after having spent the last 20-plus years comitted to a career doing work that they knew was never going to make them rich.

Right.

12:41. I don't know what you are talking about. I personally know over thirty valued people who have left the DOC because they cannot stand J David. I know (not personally) of many more who have left for the same reason. I know personally many who remain in the DOC who despise JDD. They are just waiting for him to go away. Mean is an under statement for that man. The real tragedy is that this rolling muddy, dangerous , snowball keeps getting bigger and bigger. JDD is the cancer of DOC.

J. David Donahue, Mitch Daniels, Mike Cunegin, Java Ahmed Really; Please Be Real!!

The hardworking men and women of the Indiana Department of Correction received a 4% pay raise over their sister agencies because they; every day; every shift; go behind the walls, into prisons, face prisoners and injury or death; for the safety and security of Hoosiers state-wide. No special handshake, no knuckle knock, no hush money, etc. etc. etc.
If false blogging, and unfreedom of speech as you spineless, bitter, and beaten people proliferate on this and other blogs, were illegal we would be going in every day and counting you and your cronies also.

I am one of the hardworking men and women of the DOC, who "every day; every shift; go behind the walls, into prisons, face prisoners and injury or death...."

I am also one of the many hardworking men and women of the DOC who post on this blog.

We are not spineless, by your own description. Thank you. But we are feeling bitter and beaten by an administration that immediately compares us to the offenders we count whenever we dare speak out against their mismanagement of our dangerous work.


I certainly agree ! The hard working men and women of the DOC deserve a pay raise. The Indiana DOC is not a top ranking state when it comes to pay. What they don't deserve is Donahue. Freedom of speech is wonderful. Yet, I do not support false blogging. I am aware of none when it comes to David. He is ruthless

It is pretty sad that this and the other 2 DOC threads are filled with nothing but personal attacks on Mr. Donahue. It is pathetic that we get more payraises in one year that we have ever gotten and you see no appreciation, but rather more personal attacks.

Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

It would seem if only the state employees that are upset with the supervisor appointed under the lil guv there is not way he will be elected, then if you consider that each state employee has influence on ten people or family members, that possibility becomes much less likely. If the state employees band together and show their unhappiness in the voting booth I am sure the lil guv will be looking for a new position to mismanage!!!!!!!

Hey RSM!
Good to see you. You'd been gone so long I thought something had happened to you. Still don't agree with a word you say, but I didn't want anything bad to happen to you.

I won't divulge who I am because I don't like to burn bridges. However, I will say that I was very successful at what I did for DOC. I showed up to work, and rarely did anything but work (ie no bitching or socializing) when I was there. I also grew very tired of the constant changes in direction and unrealistic tasks and or time frames to complete those tasks in.

I'm only one story, but I personally know more just like me.

Maybe J.D.D. has good ideas. Maybe they are just what the department needs. I don't know. I'm neither an executive level position, nor privy to the kind of information need to evaluate those decisions.

HOWEVER. I can tell when a project that should take 2 weeks for completion is handed to you late Friday afternoon with a deadline of Monday (yes, I've had that happen) or even the next Friday, and that happens over and over and over again, it drains on your morale. Even worse is when that project goes nowhere because of the sloppy implementation brought on by 1. lack of proper time to complete and 2. lack of understanding of why and how we are to do things.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I won't go the extra mile. I'm saying that going the extra mile as a rule rather than an exception stretched me to my breaking point.

I'm happy to say that I went from taking zero meds before J.D.D. to taking several for stress related illness (reflux, depression, migraines) back to zero after I left.

Maybe Mitch could solve the health care costs by just getting rid of J.D.D. at DOC. LOL.

I hope I have presented my story in such a way that you can see through your bias to understand that it isn't necessarily whining, and there may be some issues that need dealt with concerning the current management or management style of DOC.

"In a study conducted by Kenneth Kovach of George Mason University, 1,000 employees and 100 of their bosses were asked to list the things that they believe motivate employees. There was no overlap at the top of the two lists. Bosses thought employees would be motivated by good wages and job security, while employees listed factors such as participating in interesting work, feeling appreciated at work and "being in on things." They ranked job security and good wages as important but lower on the list."

Maybe this explains why JDD's pay raises aren't having the intended impact. Employees want to feel appreciated!!

RSM,
Is pay the only thing that matters to you? Obviously it is important, and appreciated, but if a pay raise makes you close your eyes to the BS that is happening in the DOC, then your integrity is extremely questionable.
I am not going to turn a blind eye and shut up about the chaos and poor, no make that intolerable, leadership that is happening in the DOC, just because someone decides to FINALLY give me a raise that I deserved along time ago.

so, Does our new DC have a degree? I thought it was required.

No, pay is not the only thing I am concerned about. Training of staff that I work with, supervisors who do their job and coworkers who work instead of snivel and whine about how mean Mr. Donahue is because he is making our bosses make sure we are working. I appreciate being recognized for my performance, not by what political party is in power. I believe that 90% of the complaining here is done by 1% of the actual DOC workforce.

What kind of message does it send about the ethics of DOC with the Cunegin move? They needed to park him somewhere, why the DOC?

Heard media has confirmed Mike Cunegin does NOT have a degree from IU - YET his bio on CJI Website said he did (for about 15 months that's what it said!) Someone quilty of fraud? Think the Inspector General is investigating this? So, he wasn't qualified for the position at CJI (he was a figure head anyway as others actually ran the agency and everyone knows it). Cunegin brought in the doughnuts and posted smiley faces around the office. What do folks think he's going to do at DOC? Is he even qualified for that job?

I am not sure what all the fuss is about? DOC has a lot of good workers and lower admisistration. Some of the problems with DOC has to do with higher level decisions. They hire contractors to run their facility and do " treat" offenders. After Liberty was run out of Florida the managment went to Indiana. GEO who has the New Castle facility makes news all over the country, what are the employees to do?

http://www.privateci.org/rap_liberty.html

http://www.privateci.org/rap_geo.html

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/042405/met_18561692.shtml

http://sexoffenderprograms.com/in_contact.cfm

Interesting url posted, the sexoffender one. Was that for Mike Cunegin?

"It is pretty sad that this and the other 2 DOC threads are filled with nothing but personal attacks on Mr. Donahue. It is pathetic that we get more payraises in one year that we have ever gotten and you see no appreciation, but rather more personal attacks."

Not sure how long YOU have been a DOC Employee but this statement is not true. I hired in at 19,500 and after 4 years made 28,000 and now around 31,0000 and that was last years tax info with no change in job classification. We have gotten rasies... some years alot leaner than others (the past 5 years or so) but we also seemed to be valued more even when there was no raise. Current raises are wonderful but really hope everyone sees it as it is. A BUY OFF TO KEEP US FROM VOTING AGAINST MMM. Really does seem like that because of timing of the raises. Either way no incumbants will get my vote!

Look who Donahue has treating our sex offenders, a private firm with National Headlines, Liberty ran the facility and treats our inmates, great privitazation.

http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/sexpred/part1/1.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/sexpred/part2/1.html

http://sexoffenderprograms.com/in_contact.cfm

It is also sad that the leadership is so piss poor!

what media confirmed cunegin does not have a degree? is this why he accepted the position at DOC?

IU did not give Cunegin a degree. How much is he getting paid?

If things aren't bad enough now we're gonna give offenders access to the internet.
More tax payer dollars hard at work thanks to Big "D".

Hi Debra Minott,
It is good news for all state employees. But it is too late. After terminating several thousand well experienced, well trained state employees, and creating several hundred legal problems for taxpayer, Debra is now going to Cardon & Asso.

How about her two loyal lieutenants, Bruce Baxter and Keith Beesley? Ms. Debra can you take them with you?

In some case, after wrongful terminating of a state employee, state is using four attorneys to defend them.
A state employee

I must admit that I have heard for a few years now that a huge percentage of the people who are fired from DOC, if they fight it, get their job back and usually back pay, costing the State a ton of money. I am not sure, however, that Ms. Minott should be given that credit.

Having been in the position in the past, to terminate employees in the DOC, there are alot of times that Central Office staff advise to fire, hoping that the staff doesn't fight it and knowing full well that they will win if they do. It is my experience that State Personnel advises in those situations, but the actual decision remains with the Department.

It's amazing that you are forgetting the SEAC losses that the prior administrations had in such things as terminations and suspensions.

Oh that doesn't count as Mr. Donahue wasn't in office.....


RSM,

Who says we forgot. At some point it has to stop and Accountability has to be shown. Part of MMM platform for Governor was to stop some of these practices, but it seems to be business as usual. That is where the frustration comes into play. For those that bought into his door-to-door I am different campaign, it is frustrating.

Why does cunegin get to be a D/C without a degree? Oh, he's not-wait for announcement that his title is going to change

What will it change to? "Asst. Lapdog for MMM"

9:17 Why suddenly the need to complain about something that has occurred for 20 years that I am aware of?

Oh that's right we have a Republican in office who appointed Mr. Donahue so it has to be wrong.

Let's just get to the facts:

By what performance measures has J. David Donahue demonstrated competency in his postition? Facts only please.

Similarly, by what performance measures has J. David Donahue demonstrated incompetency in his position? Facts only please.


That whole we've done it for twenty years is a crock of you know what. This administration rode in on its white horse claiming to be different and now you're saying it's ok to be the same?

No, I am saying you complain about things being worse now when they obviously are not and your either being a hypocrite in saying so or a liar for not being honest about your knowledge of events.

Facts about imcompetancy, I will start. How about the fact that JDD brought in Arizona prisoners to New Castle. The New Castle facility was recently privatized, under-staffed, under-trained, with very few Unit Team staff in place. You bring in a group of prisoners from across the country, take their televisions and smokes and expect that to go well. Yes, I know, there will be those out there that say that inmates should not be coddled and should not have things like TV's and smokes. BUT, to those of you who have put time in behind the wall, you realize that these things are the most important things in the life of an inmate along with visits and chow. You take all these things from them and the inevitable happens.

The fact is, because JDD feels he is infalible, and wants so desperately to make a name for himself, that he was all too willing to put staff in harms way to make the all-mighty buck for his boss. JDD is quick to call what any seasoned line staff would see as potential problems "excuses", and demand that this happen yesterday.

These out of state prisoners would have been a major problem at any prison in the state, much less a new facility, staffed by inexperienced staff, and poorly trained by GEO. The fact that staff were injured in this so called "disturbance" is an extreme act of incompetence. JDD in his zeal to please his masters, and make a name for himself was completely responsible for this debacle. Those are the facts.

so...cunegin started....Has anyone noticed

apparently not

Anyone out there???

Maybe they are too busy doing their jobs that we the taxpayers are footing the bill for. Or the y have finally realized that the pissing and moaning about having to actually work and do it right to get their paycheck?

Nice try.

It seems odd that Cunegin is not listed on the DOC site. Does anyone have any idea why not?

Maybe people at central office have no idea what is going on there? Just like everyone one else. It might be nice to come to work and not fear a raving idiot screaming and having baby fits all the time. People might just be able to get some work done and time to themselves to work. New concept!

Is the raving idiot back?

what would happen if JDD threw a fit and nobody cared?

How is this Cunegin guy doing? Do they keep him locked in a closet?

Probable locked in a closet and under a desk. Perhaps playing with the new PR lady, I hear she is as qualified as the last one was, or maybe even less.

The word "qualified" does not apply in the DOC anymore. Cunegin didn't meet the qualifications for deputy commissioner, so they changed them for him. This isn't the first time, and he's not the only one.

Some executive level positions qualifications are defined by statute. If Deputy Commissioner is one of them JD cant' ignore law. Worth checking out.

I don't think JDD ignored the law; I think he just got rid of the need for a "Deputy Commissioner of Administration", and just turned it into "Executive Directive of Administration". Classic JDD. Smoke and mirrors.

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