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Feb 21, 2014 2:41 PM by Associated Press

Arizona parks boss was disciplined for hiring sons

PHOENIX (AP) - The state parks director was suspended for two weeks without pay last year after he hired his three sons for seasonal jobs in violation of an anti-nepotism law as the agency increased the starting pay for the temporary workers.

The Arizona Republic ( ) reports that a top aide to Gov. Jan Brewer wrote Parks Director Bryan Martyn in a July 19 disciplinary letter that his behavior was inappropriate and unacceptable.

A State Parks employee complained about Martyn's sons being hired, and they were employed only a matter of weeks before they were terminated at the order of the state Department of Administration.

Martyn said he didn't know that hiring a family member violated state law.

A state official who had advised him on personnel matters resigned and then retired.


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