Mayor Pedro Segarra indicated Tuesday that he would make the “appropriate” changes to his hiring practices, following an audit that found background checks and drug tests weren’t performed on several mayoral appointees.
Deputy Chief Auditor Craig Trujillo reviewed files for five employees — Pedro Segarra’s chief of staff, Juan Figueroa; interim Chief Operating Officer Albert Ilg, who is serving in the role temporarily; interim Public Works Director Keith Chapman; Human Resources Director Henry Burgos; and former interim finance director Joseph Ruffo. Trujillo found that the employees had not undergone a background check or a drug test, and, with the exception of Burgos, had not submitted job applications.
“We were informed by HR management that their office is not involved in the recruitment, application process, screening and ultimate offer of employment by the mayor’s office,” Trujillo wrote in a memo to Ilg. “Our review of the process and the related personal files of the … employees disclosed that, except for the HR Director, there were no job applications (resumes are not a substitute to an application per HR policy), criminal background checks (in accordance with the city adoption of “Ban The Box”) or drug tests performed or on file and there was no documentation of any references being named or checked with.”
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Segarra on Tuesday declined an invitation from the audit commission to attend its meeting. But he said in a memo to the chief auditor: “I have reviewed your audit recommendation with the acting chief operating officer, the corporation counsel, the director of human resources and the acting chief of staff who have met with the [Internal Audit Commission's] staff to go over hiring practices in this office. … I will make those changes and improvements that are appropriate.”
You can read the memo here: Memo