Sandy mayor questioned for ‘hiring practices’

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SANDY (ABC4 News)- Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn can’t seem to catch a break.

In addition to the water crisis, Mayor Bradburn is facing questions about his hiring practices.

A memo that was tabled during Tuesday night’s city council meeting alleges hiring of unqualified candidates “based on friendship with the mayor.”

The particular positions under question are the Project Analyst Manager and Project Analyst.

“I refuse to identify specific personnel because they are fearful of the retribution which has already occurred. In this specific situation, the lack of competitive recruitment, the high starting salaries, the lack of qualifications, and the perception that the new Project Analyst Manager and Project Analyst were hired based on friendship with the Mayor have caused [many] complaints,” City Council Office Director Mike Applegarth stated in the memo.

Click here to read the full memo.

ABC4 News’ Senior Political Correspondent Glen Mills reached out to Mayor Bradburn’s office for a response to the memo. They insist the two positions mentioned were filled with qualified candidates at a savings of $37,000.

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...