A recent lawsuit by long-time city employee Patricia McCray, alleges, among other things, that upper management at the City of Tallahassee hired family members for city jobs.
McCray, who worked for the city for 19 years before being laid off, was the assistant to former City Manager Rick Fernandez
McCray’s allegations about the family hires has been confirmed by city management.
Interim City Manager Reese Goad admitted to a Tallahassee Democrat reporter that he supported the hires of his brother-in law and the daughter of former City Manager Rick Fernandez.
However, Goad said that the hires did not violate city policy. The Tallahassee Democrat confirmed that both were initially hired as temporary workers.
TR has previously reported that the hiring of City Commissioner Nancy Miller’s step-son was initially for a temporary position.
Temporary positions are seldom advertised to a broad category of people by the City, and in a number of instances, this approach -which often results in a permanent job – has benefited family members and those close to upper management.
Tallahassee Reports has previously reported that the City of Tallahassee’s Technology and Innovation Department, headed by Jonathan Kilpatrick, employs the step-son of City Commissioner Nancy Miller and the daughter of City Manager Rick Fernandez.
In addition, TR verified that Kilpatrick’s wife works with the City of Tallahassee and his daughter, Cowan Kilpatrick Duggar, was recently hired in the city’s Gas Administration Department. Sources verified that Kilpatrick’s daughter was hired in a temporary position.