BOSTON Gov. Deval Patrick says state officials followed correct procedure in destroying documents related to the hiring of former highway safety director Sheila Burgess.
Patrick said Thursday he is still trying to learn more about the 2007 hiring of Burgess, who resigned last week after reports that her personal driving record included multiple accidents and traffic violations. But he said the records related to the hiring no longer exist.
According to the state’s Records Retention Schedule, documents related to recruitment and hiring of an executive branch employee are required to be kept by the state for three years. That includes applications, resumes and letters of recommendation.
Patrick says while Burgess performed her job well, the fact she was hired for the highway safety job despite her questionable driving record was an “embarrassment” for him and his administration.