Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media
that Greene County is ignoring its own nepotism policy, allowing Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley to hire his own son. “Greene County will avoid the practice of appearance of favoritism in hiring and the assignment of employees. Therefore, an employee’s immediate relative will not be hired for or assigned to a position within the chain of command of the current employee or in the same work unit as the current employee,” is the current policy of the county. Greene County defines immediate relatives as a spouse, mother, father, brother, sister or child. The county's hiring manual also says that any county employee who has a relative seeking employment should completely recuse themselves from the hiring process. In July, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Matthew Seeley could not be hired until his father had retired as sheriff. Yet, Seeley was allowed to hire his own son. Groden now seems to be saying that the policy that he defended in July was actually illegal. Catskill resident Scott Myers has filed a lawsuit against the county for violating its own hiring policy. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.