Reberg's Name Surfaces in County Investigation

Reberg's Name Surfaces in County Investigation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Jon Huntsman's choice to replace the man he fired as director of the Committee of Consumer Services is Leslie Reberg.

She's a former utility lobbyist, a former phone company employee and a Democrat.

She also has worked on and off for Salt Lake County. As such, her name appeared in a report of an investigation into Salt Lake County hiring practices obtained by the Deseret Morning News.

The report asserts County Clerk Sherrie Swensen and Swensen's former chief deputy, Nick Floros, hired friends and relatives to positions for which they were not qualified.

Reberg and ten other employees in the clerk's office were listed in the report as friends and/or associates of Swenson or Floros.

Reberg said she had a number of jobs with the county, including serving as chief of staff to three county commissioners before taking a position in the clerk's office in 1999. She said that under the county's policies and procedures, she was entitled to the job.

She says that if the report says she is unqualified for the position, it is clearly unfair.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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