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State Auditor on Schultz Payments
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- State Auditor Mary Mosiman says she objected to Secretary of State Matt Schultz's decision to pay his chief deputy for months after eliminating the job, but that her concerns were ignored.
Mosiman was a Schultz deputy in 2012 when he cut Jim Gibbons' job and transferred the duties to her.
Rather than dismiss Gibbons as he did four others who were laid off, Schultz let him keep a $126,000 annual salary for seven months even though it wasn't clear what he was doing.
Mosiman says she raised concerns to Schultz and to an auditor conducting a routine review.
Democrats accused Schultz of cronyism after the Associated Press revealed Gibbons' arrangement. The issue also quickly has become a problem for Mosiman, who was appointed auditor last year by Gov. Terry Branstad.