Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thompson Called as First Defense Witness

Georgia Thompson took the stand in her own defense this morning, as the first witness called by the defense in her bid-rigging trial.

Thompson recounted her background in the travel business, working more than 25 years in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

In 2001, the Madison native returned home to a job as chief of the transportation travel division in the DOA, which was eliminated and moved into the Bureau of Procurement in July 2003. She told Hurley she took a $32,000 pay cut when she moved into the public sector.

Thompson said her designation as a "career executive" insulated her from appointed officials and that she could only be fired for just cause. Thompson said her designation protected her from having her salary reduced and the worst action a superior could take against her without cause would be to move her to another department.

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