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NEPOTISM Senate backs nepotism clause for local officials

Would cut funds for local officials who hire relatives

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:00 am

Local sheriffs, commonwealth’s attorneys, clerks and revenue officials would see their state funding cut by 10 percent if they hire relatives to work for them, under a budget amendment adopted Thursday by the Virginia Senate.

While it is not specific, the nepotism clause could have an impact in Richmond, where Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. has stirred controversy with his hiring of 12 immediate and extended family members to work in his office and at the Richmond City Jail since his election in 2005.

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