Pulaski Co. Hire Violates Personnel Policy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski County officially named its new attorney Monday. 

Adam Fogleman, the acting county attorney for the past several months, will replace Amanda Mitchell, who took a position at the county assessor's office. 

However, some current and former county employees question how Fogleman landed a job at the office in the first place. 

Before this promotion, Fogleman served the county attorney's office in an Attorney III position for most of 2015. 

According to Judge Barry Hyde's office, Fogleman applied for the Attorney III job Jan. 26, 2015. On Jan. 30, the position closed, it was offered to him, and he resigned from his position in the county prosecutor's office. 

Fogleman's first day on the job was Feb. 2. 

However, other dates surrounding his hire reveal a violation of the county's personnel policy. 

The Pulaski County Quorum Court approved the new Attorney III position Jan. 27, and Judge Hyde  signed off on it Jan. 28.

The new position would have been posted Jan. 28 or later, which means Fogleman applied before the position even existed. 

Policy states an opening must be posted a minimum of five consecutive work days. It allows a position to be limited to county employees at the hiring official's request but continues a new hire will only be placed in the position after the close date. 

Multiple sources confirmed a final date, Jan 23., when business cards were ordered for the Attorney III position with Fogleman's name on them. That would confirm he was guaranteed the job before it was approved or posted. 

Judge Hyde was not available for an interview Monday, but his communications director explained Fogleman's name was added to an existing order once he was hired Jan. 30. 

She could not supply the date his name was added.

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