Rutledge Statement on Court Ordering Release of Altered Personnel Records

August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Rutledge Statement on Court Ordering Release of Altered Personnel Records

“Justice will not support such vindictive, malicious acts by former supervisors after my voluntary resignation”

 

LITTLE ROCK – Today’s case is simply an ongoing attempt by the desperate Democrats to rehash old news in an attempt to prop up their failed candidate.  They failed in 2014 and voters are smart enough to see this for what it is.

The decision reached by a liberal judge is not about me. It is a dangerous decision that is not only a clear misinterpretation of the Freedom of Information Act, but most importantly, it puts thousands of current and former government employees in jeopardy of having their records distorted by vindictive former supervisors or other former coworkers and improperly released long after they voluntarily leave a government job.

Although current DHS officials acknowledge that I voluntarily resigned and that documents should not be released, the circuit judge has applied an erroneous standard in determining that these records should be released. Whether or not I personally intervene in this case and ask that it be appealed will be based solely on the law and to ensure that the scales of justice will not support such vindictive, malicious acts by former supervisors of employees who leave a government job on their own volition.  Former supervisors cannot and should not be allowed to falsely alter an individual’s personnel file at any time, much less after the employee has voluntarily resigned.

As the record clearly shows, I voluntarily resigned my position with DHS on December 3, 2007, in a letter to my supervisors (Breck Hopkins, Lisa McGee, Kay Forrest, and Misty Bowen-Eubanks). I immediately began working on my friend and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign on December 4, 2007.  Previously released email correspondence demonstrates that all of my former supervisors at DHS received and accepted my resignation:

  • McGee emailed to Hopkins on December 3, 2007, at 12:32 p.m., “Leslie submitted her resignation, effective immediately, and is leaving today.”
  • McGee emailed to all attorneys in the DHS Office of Chief Counsel on December 4, 2007, at 12:38 p.m., “Leslie Rutledge quit yesterday. She is flying out today to work on the Huckabee for President Campaign.”
  • McGee emailed Tonya Tackett, Bowen-Eubanks and Sheila Farmer on December 7, 2007, at 11:14 a.m., “Please send an email to your staff informing them that Leslie Rutledge quit on Monday, December 3, 2007.”
  • However, on December 12, 2007, at 3:35 p.m., McGee emailed Judy Besancon and Bowen-Eubanks, “Please put a do-not-rehire on Leslie. Breck said I can request this.”
  • And 10 days after my voluntary resignation, on December 13, 2007, at 6:30 a.m., Besancon emailed Nan Black (cc’d McGee, Hopkins, Bowen-Eubanks), “Please code the recent resignation of Leslie Rutledge (Personnel # _____) so she cannot be hired again with the Department.”

Clearly, my former supervisors at DHS scratched out ‘voluntary’ and altered my personnel file to reflect something that was completely false without any notice to me or legal justification for doing so, even though they had received my letter of resignation and had acknowledged my resignation.  Further, my personnel file appears to include a document from January 13, 2009 (over one year after my resignation), erroneously stating that I was discharged.

Attachments- DHS Emails Acknowledging LR Resignation

 

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