State Merit Investigation

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Records disclosed in the case against acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert show a lot of time and effort went into ensuring the proper candidates were chosen to hire and promote in state jobs.

The documents released were e-mails, memoranda, handwritten notes, and other materials.

Many contain recommendations for jobs from people outside the government, which prosecutors have said is entirely proper.

The documents are evidence compiled by investigators and the special grand jury that is examining personnel practices in Governor Fletcher's administration.

Nighbert, Deputy Secretary Jim Adams, and former commissioner Dan Druen are charged with conspiring to improperly dismiss the Transportation Cabinet's deputy inspector general, Mike Duncan.