Two employees of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles have been placed on leave following allegations that they passed over a more qualified candidate to hire a top official’s friend.
Jimmy Edwards, deputy director of the License and Theft Bureau (LTB), and Purnell Sowell, supervisor of the bureau’s Charlotte District office, have been accused of giving an emissions specialist position to a childhood friend of LTB Director John Robinson, bypassing a North Carolina Highway Patrol mechanic who had extensive experience.
One assistant DMV director said an interview panel had recommended the mechanic for the position, but was told to change its report to favor Robinson’s friend. The DMV is investigating.
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