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Is "Hotseating" Going On At The State Capitol?
September 17, 2012

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The legislative auditor is looking into "double dipping" in West Virginia state government. Social Security numbers of retired state workers were matched with those of people earning more than $15,000 a year while continuing to receive their full retirement benefits.

In at least one instance, a worker retired and was rehired the same day as an independent contractor doing the same job the person had previously performed. That practice could be considered "hotseating," which is prohibited by state law.

State law also prohibits retired workers from earning more than $15,000 annually. This list is made up of 31 people who worked for the state as independent contractors:

Individual2011 Salary2011 Retirement
Toney Colagrosso$69,605$6,124
Lowell D. Basford$15,492$50,258
Kenneth Webb$31,340$52,942
Roland T. Huson, III$69,281$11,587
Billy B. Burke$27,863$12,458
Anne Werum Lambright$44,041$50,123
Jack. C. McClung$67,710$32,174
Thomas J. Janicki$24,225$47,224
Edward Janco$17,394$23,907
Glenn O. Pauley$22,198$46,998
George R. Powers$28,275$19,069
Jennings R. Bradford$29,761$37,072
John E. Dorsey$17,518$2,650
Gerald Terry$115,260$22,286
David Casto$23,505$3,105
Francis P. Fisher, II$27,060$10,480
Andy Ridenour$27,500$28,616
Joe Smith$84,633$46,123
Carl P. Bryant$27,599$6,339
Wayne King$38,655$6,409
Lacy W. Wright, Jr.$28,370$2,290
Tony Morgan$41,560$18,608
Billy Jack Gregg$39,848$40,753
James E. Capage$64,482$7,685
Claude Michael Griffith$18,921$22,881
Daniel L. Boone$37,830$39,535
Wade W. Thompson$47,549$42,389
Wilbert G. Lister$18,600$2,904
Michael P. Browning$21,420$5,791
Jane K. Peters$22,567$47,781
Richard C. Jennings$29,733$19,927
31 Ind. Contractors$1,179,795$766,488

2011 Total $1,946,283

Additionally, the auditor's office discovered four retired state workers who were rehired by the state and paid as temporary employees while still receiving their full retirement benefits.

Individual2011 Salary2011 Retirement
Jerry W. Nick$16,029$24,546
William W. Smith$33,125$19,808
Cline J. Allman$19,245$24,332
Oscar Vecellio$27,904$5,230
Four Temp. Employees$96,303$73,916

2011 Total $170,219

2011 Total For 35 Independent Contractors and Temporary Employees


Auditor Aaron Allred said his office is not accusing anyone of fraud. However, the legislative auditor said senators and delegates may need to look at the code to see if the loophole allowing these types of payments should be closed.

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