Lamontagne Statement on Resignation of Department of Employment Security Commissioner Tara Reardon

Following Whistleblower Complaint of Ethics and Nepotism Violations

Ovide Lamontagne, Republican candidate for Governor, released the following statement today regarding allegations of nepotism and corruption at the state’s Department of Employment Security:

"Today we have learned about allegations that Department of Employment Security Commissioner Tara Reardon hired her daughter for a part-time summer job and later ordered a subordinate to lay her off so she could collect unemployment benefits.  This behavior is intolerable and is a breach of the public trust.  Commissioner Reardon has been placed on administrative leave, with her resignation effective at the end of August.  This remedy is unacceptable, and I am calling upon her to resign effective immediately.

"The public has a right to expect the highest ethical standards from our elected and appointed state officials.  We cannot and I will not tolerate self-dealing by government officials at taxpayers' expense.  These allegations strike at the heart of the public’s confidence in our state government as a whole, and must be addressed swiftly and decisively.  Today's revelations illustrate a failure of leadership.  We need to elect a Governor who will be proactive and will work every day to make sure department heads act ethically, in an open, honest and transparent fashion.  This is yet another example of the need to bring proven, experienced and tested leadership to Concord, and to demand reform and results from our state government."  

This morning’s Nashua Telegraph detailed an extensive whistleblower’s report alleging Department of Employment Security Commissioner Tara Reardon and a deputy commissioner both arranged for the part-time employment of their children within the department only to later arrange for their release to allow for the collection of unemployment benefits.  The Telegraph reports the state’s Executive Council has been discussing the complaint for months in nonpublic session.