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Mayor’s chief of staff’s child hired in streamlined process

Inside track?


Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jeff Greene
  • Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jeff Greene
While many college students bus tables or deliver pizzas, Bailey Green landed a $17-per-hour part-time job in her chosen career field with an important office in the community — the city of Colorado Springs.

She didn’t have to compete with anyone, or meet specific criteria, because her hiring deviated from the city’s policy in what appears to be a streamlined process not open to others.

Bailey Green simply filled out an application, was interviewed on Aug. 12 and started work on Aug. 20 in a temporary part-time administrative support job, records show.

Did we mention she’s the daughter of Mayor John Suthers’ Chief of Staff Jeff Greene? (Jeff Greene spells his last name with an “e” at the end, while his daughter doesn’t.)

The hire appears to violate rules set out in the city’s Civilian Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, which requires notice of all jobs, even temporary part-time positions, be posted for at least five days, the idea being to draw a field of candidates.

But city spokeswoman Jamie Fabos says in an email that Bailey Green was hired as an “unclassified (temporary/hourly) part-time” employee, which the city isn’t required to publicly post.

After the Independent filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request on Sept. 3 seeking documentation of her hiring, Bailey Green left the city job on Sept. 6, because, as Fabos says, “her projects are complete.”

The city’s personnel manual states, “Jobs are posted for a minimum of 5 working days,” and that “an online employment application must be submitted to Human Resources by the closing date on the job announcement. Any exceptions must be approved by Human Resources.”

The manual makes no reference to “unclassified (temporary/hourly) part-time” employees.

But the city failed to post the job announcement for which Bailey Green was hired and was unable to produce a job description beyond the job title.

The only documentation surrounding her hire that the city could produce included her hourly pay rate, title, her Aug. 12 interview date and her two-page job application. “No other records ... were found responsive to this request,” the city’s CORA office said in an email.

According to her application, Bailey Green is a business major at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) with an emphasis in human resource management. She previously worked part time at Bath & Body Works but resigned “to seek opportunities in my chosen career path.”

A listing of city part-time job titles and pay levels obtained through a CORA request shows the city’s hourly rates for part-timers range from $11.10 for various support jobs to $40 for “professional & IT.”

Fabos says this wasn’t the only time such unclassified (temporary/hourly) part-time jobs have been filled without a competitive process or a public posting. Local organizations, she says, refer candidates with which the city has “partnerships,” including UCCS, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Technical University and several others, including programs for military people. In at least three cases, Fabos says, those referrals transitioned into full-time regular jobs.

She further says Bailey Green’s job was for a 60-hour project. “Her projects are complete so her tenure is done,” Fabos says in an email.

El Paso County, where Jeff Greene served as administrator for nine years before being named chief of staff in 2015, also requires competition in hiring.

“All of our County temporary positions are posted online,” says county spokesperson Joel Quevillon via email. “Job postings include a job description. The temporary job candidates do go through an interview like any other full or part time position.”
The business world generally frowns on nepotism, as does the city’s personnel manual. “An applicant or employee shall not receive preferential consideration because of a relationship to another employee,” the manual says.

The policy goes on to bar immediate family members, including a parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent and grandchild from being employed in a direct supervisory relationship.

Bailey Green’s job wasn’t directly linked to her dad’s chain of command, although he oversees all city government functions. But it’s worth noting she listed her father as her only “personal” reference on her job application for a “Walk-In Seasonal” job, and said she heard about the opportunity via a “personal referral.”

And apparently that isn’t unusual, Fabos says. She notes that the city hires people into unposted jobs from “a pool of individuals who have expressed interest, walk-in applications, or employee referrals.”

Asked how many other employees’ relatives have been hired outside a competitive process, Fabos didn’t respond. The Indy asked for a comment from the mayor, but Fabos says, “a part time temporary position would not be something that the mayor would be concerned with, so the request was irregular.” Bailey Green could not be reached for comment.

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