Citizens Voice reporter, Andrew Staub, uses DocumentCloud to publish documents showing Mayor Tom Leighton has been hiring his kids and relatives for summer jobs. Over the past 8 years, Leighton hired his children for over a dozen different positions. However, it’s not just his children he’s hiring, but also affluent children from his neighborhood.
“The hires have clouded a summer jobs program that offers organized activities and lunch for city youth and resume-building work experience for the hires. A review of Leighton’s seasonal and temporary hiring, funded largely through more than $2 million in budget allocations over eight years, showed the summer program often benefited residents with existing city ties – especially those who lived in Barney Farms, the small riverside development the mayor and many other politically connected residents call home.”