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Wisconsin ag department justifies hiring of Adee amid investigation


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state agriculture department has justified its hiring of an environmental investigator who was disciplined for fudging payroll records when he was a West Bend police officer.

Andrew Adee beat out 12 other candidates for a $48,000 a year job to investigate violations of laws dealing the use of farm chemicals.

Ag Department spokesman Jim Dick tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his agency knew about the West Bend incident before hiring Adee – and it had nothing to do with what the state job requires.

The 38-year-old Adee was suspended for 60 days in 2006, after he reportedly filed payroll reports showing that he worked 126 hours when he didn’t. Two other officers were given lesser suspensions, and all three kept their jobs.

Dick said the agriculture department considered Adee’s experience and knowledge as well as his punishment in West Bend – and they found him to be the most qualified candidate for his current job.

Adee is a licensed pesticide applicator, and officials say that’s also a plus in his investigative post. He was hired in mid-July.