Jeppesen defends McAllister hiring amid election race

Outgoing Cache County Treasurer Karen Jeppesen is defending the decision to hire Craig McAllister as a temporary, part time employee to replace Deputy Treasurer Denise Lindsay who is on a three-month leave.

McAllister defeated Lindsay in the Republican Primary election in June. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_10_28_324_27227_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a>, Jeppesen said McAllister had no opponent for the general election and she felt the experience would be helpful for when he took over the job in January.

“We all knew it was going to be an hourly position for a certain amount of hours for three months,” Jeppesen explained. “We can hire temporary employees to work at the fair, to work at the elections, for many different things.

“That’s what this was. It was a temporary employee, no benefits. I went to the Human Resource director and he thought it was a good idea.”

After McAllister was hired as a temporary employee, Tyler Pitcher filed as a write-in candidate for Cache County Treasurer.

Jeppesen said there was no need to post the temporary job and everything was done in a legal manner. She also defended having McAllister remain in the Treasurer’s office after Pitcher filed to challenge him.

To hear the interview in its entirety, <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_10_28_324_27227_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>click here</a>.

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