Legislative auditors are looking at contracts the Manchin and Tomblin administrations had with a former state official who advised them on personnel laws. The consultant, Joe Smith, is the former acting personnel director for several governors.
Smith retired from state government in 2001, but in 2005 Gov. Joe Manchin's (pictured, right) administration asked for his help. The administration used a no-bid contract to hire Smith to consult on personnel issues. Smith received at least $66,000 a year from the deal.
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