Records released last week show Gibbons conducted virtually no state business by email during that period, and Secretary of State legal counsel Charlie Smithson said Tuesday he couldn’t find any other work that Gibbons had signed.
Mathis said she doesn’t know how Gibbons could be involved in a “management transition” from home, or why it would take so long.
Mosiman, who was appointed auditor by Gov. Terry Branstad last year, was Schultz’s other deputy at the time and took over Gibbons’ duties. She said last week that Gibbons was only required to report to the office four days per week and that sometimes he left shortly after arriving because there was no work for him. Gibbons kept his rank as a Public Service Executive 6, a designation used for some of the more important and stressful state management jobs.
Mosiman, a Republican who is seeking a full four-year term as auditor in the November election, said Tuesday she would recuse herself from handling Mathis’ request. Her deputies will decide whether to conduct a special investigation or to audit Gibbons’ work as part of an annual review of the Secretary of State’s Office, she said.
Mosiman said last week that she objected to Gibbons’ arrangement, particularly after four union employees who’d been with the office longer than him were laid off to cut costs, but that Schultz ignored her concerns.
Schultz said last week that he didn’t dismiss Gibbons immediately, in part, because his wife was recovering from a serious illness at the time. But that explanation drew criticism from Democratic Sen. Dick Dearden, who said Schultz fired his daughter in 2011 just months after she became a widow.