Report: Reardon Allegedly Manipulated Unemployment System for Daughter
Co-workers file complaint claiming she violated anti-nepotism, ethics rules.
The Nashua Telegraph is reporting that Tara Reardon, the commissioner for Employment Security and a Concord School Board member, had her daughter hired for a summer job and then ordered a state employee to have her laid-off instead of released from the job so that the daughter could collect benefits.
According to the report, two agency employees charged Reardon with violation of the anti-nepotism law and ethics rules.
According to the report, a deputy commissioner, Darrell Gates, also had a daughter hired two years before and reportedly told an underling to layoff his daughter in the same manner.
The employment security employee reportedly testified before a grand jury. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office reportedly told an executive councilor that Reardon has agreed to resign at the end of the month. She was hired under a five-year term that would have run through 2014.
Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council are expected to examine the issue today.