Secretary of State Matt Schultz is facing questions about why his former top aide was kept on the payroll for months after his job was eliminated.
The Des Moines Register reports Schultz eliminated the job of former chief deputy Jim Gibbons in May of 2012.
However, Gibbons continued being paid his $126,000 annual salary through to the end of the year.
At the same time, four other staff members had their jobs eliminated but did not continue to receive their pay.
Schultz says he kept Gibbons on as a paid “resource” and he reported to the office regularly even though his former job duties had been given to other staff members.