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Report critical of Knox Co. Schools' chief security officer

11:25 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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Steve Griffin

According to a report released Monday, Knox County Schools' Chief Security Officer Steve Griffin had an unprofessional friendship with one of the district's contractors.

Superintendent Jim McIntyre announced he will issue Griffin a written reprimand and suspend his pay for the 15 days preceding his retirement date, on May 1st.

McIntyre placed Griffin on administrative leave on February 1, citing an investigation into Griffin's relationship with the school system's former electronic security systems vendor, Professional Security Consultants and Design (PSCD).

That's after it an audit revealed concerns about the security equipment provided by PSCD for Hardin Valley Academy and Powell Middle School.

Griffin was responsible for overseeing that contract.

The report released by attorney Ruth Ellis on Monday alleges Griffin appears to have violated a "no contact" provision during the bidding process for a security contract by contacting PSCD with specifics of the bid.

The report also alleges Griffin did six hours of consulting work for PSCD while he was a KCS employee.

Griffin is also accused of emailing Walker his son-in-law's resume to try to get him a job.

In response to another email, the report alleges Griffin contacted Walker to ask him to destroy it, fearing it contained privileged information.

Dr. McIntyre has issued a retroactive 15-day pay suspension for Griffin following the investigation. Although the report says the allegations aren't criminal, Dr. McIntyre says he intends to share the findings with the district attorney general.

The superintendent also says he expects to get the results of the first phase of a system-wide security audit back by the end of the week. He says so far the auditor has looked at security in 27 schools.

Dr. McIntyre says we'll get more details at the end of the week, but so far the auditor has found no "significant" security issues.

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