Sacramento Utilities Department Subject to Audit After Whistleblower Cries “Nepotism”

The auditor’s report revealed more than 40 relatives working in the department.

Overall, the Department of Utilities currently employs around 540 people. 40 staff members is equal to 7.4% of the total staff.

One issue stemming from the matter would be preferential treatment, as some employees have relatives within their chain of command. The whistleblower report mentions one instance of an employee reporting directly to their cousin.

Guidelines from 2002 define nepotism and says that employees cannot “directly supervise, recommend advancement for or investigate allegations of misconduct against a relative.” However, the city does not have an official citywide policy for nepotism at this time.

Employees with relatives in their chain of command will be removed from decisions involving promotion and discipline. This may be delayed because of contractual protections for the staff.

The full report on the nepotism allegations in Sacramento can be found here.

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