No Charges for Former State Tech Director

No Charges for Former State Tech Director

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The hiring scandal that forced Utah's Information Technology Services director to resign was unethical and contrary to state policy -- but the attorney general's office says it wasn't criminal.

Technology Services Division Director Phillip Windley quit in December after his hiring practices were uncovered, saying that his continued presence would be a distraction.

The attorney general's office investigation, made public yesterday, confirmed that the division's practices were unethical and against state policy, but found no reason anyone should face criminal charges or other penalties.

In some cases, state job descriptions were altered -- to match the resumes of friends who wanted jobs. In other cases, friends were paid by contractors for their state jobs, to avoid competitive hiring rules.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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