Our apologies, but the SAO had responded to our inquiry regarding the Amy Bloom matter, prior to our post at 5:58 p.m. Blame it on the courthouse Wi-Fi …
As follows, received at 4:55 p.m.
Ron Ishoy writes:
Thank you for your inquiry. We do not comment upon personnel decisions. I can tell you that later this afternoon an e-mail was sent to staff explaining the State’s policy on office accessories. That e-mail is enclosed below:
There is apparently some confusion regarding the purchasing of refrigerators for the personal use of state employees.
All expenditures of state funds must be authorized by law.
Pursuant to the Department of Financial Services, Division of Accounting and Auditing, the expenditures and payment of items used generally for the personal convenience of employees; such as portable heaters, refrigerators, microwaves, clocks for private offices, coffee pots and supplies, etc., which are not necessary in order for a state agency to carry out its statutory duties are not allowed.
Many of us have personally contributed and donated to the purchase of refrigerators to help other divisions when they were not able to collect enough funds. Please let us know when you need help.
We hope this helps resolve the issue and should you have any questions for future purchases please don’t hesitate to check with me.
Monica McCaughan Hofheinz
Office of the State Attorney 17th Judicial Circuit
THANKS FOR CLARIFYING!