The state auditor was asked Tuesday to launch an investigation into what work was actually done by an Iowa Secretary of State staff member who was paid for seven months after his job was eliminated.
The request came from Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids and co-chairwoman of a legislative budget subcommittee that allocates money for state administrative costs. Her inquiry relates to Jim Gibbons, a former Iowa State wrestling coach who was hired as a chief deputy by Secretary of State Matt Schultz in 2011 following an unsuccessful bid as a Republican congressional candidate.
Gibbon’s position was eliminated in May 2012 along with four other jobs as part of a reorganization. But Gibbons, whose annual salary was $126,655, remained on the payroll for the rest of 2012. The other four employees whose positions were eliminated did not continue to receive payments.