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General Assembly's investigative arm picks new leader in secret

Anita Kumar

The General Assembly's investigative arm voted behind closed doors Monday to promote Deputy Director Glen Tittermary to director of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

Commission members -- legislators from the House and Senate -- agreed to go into closed session to pick an executive director, even though the item was not on the agenda. The vote was not announed.

After they returned, one member, House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, objected to the closed vote and said the commission should have used a "public process." Griffith, who serves as head of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council, said later that he is not concerned with Tittermary's credentials but that some members were not comfortable with the process.

Tittermary replaces Phil Leone, who will retire Sept. 1 after 36 years with the agency. Leone became executive director in 1986 and is only the second person to head the JLARC since it was created in 1973. The executive director is currently paid $160,919.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Morgan Griffith , State Senate  
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