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Brownback hires $150,000 information technology chief from Florida, but questions arise about qualifications

Jim Mann, left, was Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to lead the administration's IT department until Mann resigned Tuesday afternoon after questions about his education background arose. He graduated from an unaccredited university, often referred to a diploma mill.

Jim Mann, left, was Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to lead the administration's IT department until Mann resigned Tuesday afternoon after questions about his education background arose. He graduated from an unaccredited university, often referred to a diploma mill.

November 7, 2011, 1:43 p.m. Updated November 7, 2011, 6:11 p.m.

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday introduced Jim Mann as his new $150,000 chief information technology officer from Florida, but hours later the Brownback administration was fielding questions about Mann’s educational background.

Mann lists a business administration degree from the University of Devonshire. The Chronicle of Higher Education and other reports list that school as among a group of unaccredited schools called diploma mills.

Mann’s online resume says he attended the University of Maryland from 1972 to 1974 and the University of Devonshire from 1993 to 1995.

But Sherienne Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for Brownback, said Mann was hired based on his “20 years of top-flight private sector experience.”

Jim Mann, the new executive branch chief information technology officer in Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

Jim Mann, the new executive branch chief information technology officer in Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

She said where Mann received his degree wasn’t as important as his work experience because information technology is such a fast-changing area.

Earlier Monday, Brownback said Mann was an important hire.

“This is a position the state desperately needs in order to catch up with advances in technology, to improve communication among and between state agencies and to boost business efficiency, saving taxpayers’ money,” Brownback said at a news conference.

Brownback also issued an executive order that directs all executive branch agency IT directors and staff to report to Mann. That order excludes regents universities.

Mann, 58, said he hoped to centralize IT operations to drive down costs, reduce redundancies and improve communication. He was unavailable for comment when questions came up later about his degree.

Before joining the state, Mann had a consulting business in St. Augustine, Fla.

Before that, he was the chief information technology officer for Service Brands International. He resigned after one year with that company after a dispute with management, he said. Previously, he owned Irishmann Enterprises and served as vice president and chief information officer of Havi Foodservice Worldwide.

Jones-Sontag said Mann’s salary of $150,000 was a bargain. The previous person in that position made $100,000 per year, she said. But Mann is also overseeing the responsibilities of another position called state information technology architect, Jones-Sontag said. The last person in the position retired Oct. 31 and was making $76,887, she said.

Comments

jaywalker 2 years, 5 months ago

The pure hatred for Governor Brownback is disturbing. More than 200 comments on this? And polarization is supposedly a specific party problem?

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beatrice 2 years, 5 months ago

If I had to work for the new IT guy, I'd buy all kinds of bogus degrees and plaster my office wall with them just to make fun of him.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 5 months ago

I think doing business with Kansans should be a priority and any money our tax dollars spend should first go to Kansans.

Look at how China does business with other countries. By the time you get set up in China they practically own you and they get all your technology for almost nothing.

We need people who have some business savy who KNOW how to negotiate and develop creative solutions.

Let's just stop voting for these people and TRY to find some people with common sense.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

One thing is for sure, SR knocked it out of the park again for the umteenth time stirring the resident loons into a foamy frothy state. Joke.

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another_right_wing_nut 2 years, 5 months ago

PS - LJW, you need to fix your comment threading. It'd be nice if 'newer' posts were somehow highlighted so that I can quickly scan the page for replies without having to go comment-by-comment.

ARWN

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Lane Signal 2 years, 5 months ago

How about some real investigative journalism? What is this guy's relationship to Brownback or his administration? It seems pretty obvious he was not hired because he's a hot shot. It would be nice to see some news about this that sheds some light on who he knew and/or what political affiliations he may have. As it stands, we get a headline that questions his educational background then the administrations response. What's the real story here?

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true_patriot 2 years, 5 months ago

We saw how well the whole crony-from-Florida thing worked out with SRS. Here we go for round two. Overpaid incompetent cronyism to corrupt and ruin state services.

Heckuva job, Brownie!

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Jimo 2 years, 5 months ago

I see nothing in this guy's resume that makes him more qualified than Herb Cain.

Mann must be quite an interviewee to have landed this position.

"Final Question, Mr. Mann: if you were a Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavor what flavor would you be? (And please don't say Black Walnut.)"

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Eric Neuteboom 2 years, 5 months ago

"Do you hate the arts?"

Yes.

"Gays?"

Yes.

"Abortion?"

I'm pro-life.

"Welcome aboard! By the way, do you have any experience? No? That's alright, doesn't matter anyway."

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pickles1 2 years, 5 months ago

If you focus on what the article says, this is only a budget reduce of $26,887. I personally believe that if the government wants to pay someone $150,000 we better be %100 positive that he has the right qualifications for the job. Brownback says that this will save taxpayer money. First, it will only be saving a small amount, an amount that no one will even notice. Second, Brownback should be focusing on what the voters want. It always seems like he does the exact opposite. There are millions of people living in America. Why does Brownback pick the one that cheated his way to success? That is not the kind of influence we need in the state of Kansas. If I was hiring an IT worker, I would pick some one with TRUE education, experience and someone who is younger. Mann is 58. Instead of hiring some one older, lets pick some one younger who can work with the state for years and years to come.

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trinity 2 years, 5 months ago

And us front line staff folk STILL have not had even a slight cost of living increase for oh, let's see, nearly FIVE years now??? UGH. Unreal. Just unreal. This of course aside from this maroon sliding in to a 150k per year job with a phoney degree?? UGH.

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sciencegeek 2 years, 5 months ago

It isn't about competence, it's about being a True Believer and an ultra-conservative "Christian". It isn't about improving the state of Kansas, it's about remaking it in the image of a select few, backed by a lot of money. It isn't about employing Kansans, it's about outsourcing to friends who believe in making money for themselves.

As a result, Kansas is becoming more of a laughingstock. If it wasn't enough to have the Phelps plague, and cutting funding for arts and education, and bringing in faith-based anything, and holding prayer meeting in state offices on a regular basis, now we hire someone whose false resume is available to anyone with an internet connection. What an incentive to bring more jobs to the state, let alone to rural communities! It's gone from embarrassing to humiliating.

The only thing worse than this is that the wingnuts in the legislature are going to keep supporting this. God help us (the real God, that is).

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

Our state ( one if the few states ) has a surplus of money and all you idiots do is complain. Proof of how out of touch with the real world you really are. Please feel free to prove my point with your following idiotic posts.

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Glenn Reed 2 years, 5 months ago

This article was updated at 6:11pm last night, to reflect the source of this guy's diploma.

Claiming a diploma from a fake college is equal to lying about having a degree.

Honestly, I was expecting an article announcing the position to be open, considering the fact that he lied on his resume.

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lawslady 2 years, 5 months ago

Another of his Dominion friends. (google dominionism). Intent upon taking over the country. One appointment at a time. Doesn't matter that the man's diploma is a fake one. (And if he is not lying about how it took him 2 years to get it, he's dumber than most. You can buy one today!). Everything can be explained and condoned, as long as it's done in God's name.

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Kate Rogge 2 years, 5 months ago

Were any of these state government jobs Governor Brownback has filled with ideologues and incompetents from Florida actually ever advertised to the public? Has there ever been any justification for the substantial jumps in salaries? Who has oversight responsibility here?

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Getaroom 2 years, 5 months ago

Lack of academic credentials are of no issue with Rev Gov Brownbackward and as long as the "IT puppet man" reads the same bible, believes in the same sky god and is in lock-step with his crusade to prepare Kansas for the second coming of the LORD - all is well. Really - it is that simple minded. It is no more or less a fantasy than Ron Paul's perfect "Free Market" delusion. Cram religion down the throats of the masses, gain dominion over all and voila! Done deal.
Meanwhile, Obama hateful "it's_just_ math" will continue to sing a one note song, run that one trick pony show all the way into the next century.

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ku_for_me 2 years, 5 months ago

Be fair, I'm sure the guy has some great references. Like Brownback's illegal immigrant house-maid Juanita Chiquita...

Seriously...executives in IT are now just playing the Con-game with state agencies...they've realized its easy to "wow" techno-morons in an interview, and are getting jobs they don't qualify for at all.

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if technology is against SB's religion? The internet can be used to educate women about abortion.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 5 months ago

You have to wonder what kind of shenanigans this guy has been up to ever since he started getting involved in Kansas politics. What kind of games did he play when he was Secretary of Agriculture and who is the puppet master behind the scenes.

Today we have a situation where monopolies headed by rich and powerful people control our food supply. Brownback has been acting like an "agent of influence" for powerful people who have no real interest in the welfare of average Kansans.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe this is a good time to reflect on the $135 million dollar contract with Accenture of Austin, TX that Brownback announced around the time of his "prayer meeting" in Texas.

http://cjonline.com/news/2011-08-30/kansas-signs-135m-deal-aid-services

So what exactly is the "Kansas way" of doing things according to Brownback?

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

I bet he can at least name all the apostles.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

As stated above at least once, SR keeps you leftist (and a couple lefitst extremists posing as "centrists"---lol!) extremist hater trolls shorts in a bunch, doesn't he? And I thought GWB did that to you? No way? Way. Wow!

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mloburgio 2 years, 5 months ago

Republicans hate education because they couldn’t hack it in school

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Bob Forer 2 years, 5 months ago

If Brownback dropped dead today I would become a Christian, as that event would prove that a Christian God does exist. However, that ain't gonna happen, and I will remain a non-believer,. If God existed he would wipe charlatans like Brownback off the face of the earth, considering how much suffering he has caused other human beings.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

In two states, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, GOP legislators have introduced bills that would change how electoral votes—a candidate needs 270 of the 538 to win the presidency—are awarded in a presidential election. Under the current system, the winner of the statewide popular vote receives all of the electoral votes from that state.

In Pennsylvania, a secretive nonprofit group called All Votes Matter has been pushing the electoral vote scheme since May. All Votes Matter has close ties to the Pennsylvania GOP—it hired a number of former top state Senate staffers-turned-lobbyists. "It was pretty much the Senate GOP All Star Lobbying Team and [former state House Democratic Counsel Bill] Sloane," Peter DeCoursey, the bureau chief for Capitolwire, a newswire that's read religiously by Harrisburg insiders*, explained in September.

All Votes Matter doesn't disclose its donors "as a matter of policy, per the request of many of them," Gerow told Mother Jones. "It's their legal right not to have it disclosed, and they don't want it disclosed so they're not subject to media calls and other potential harassment," he added. All Votes Matter has "fully and completely complied with the law and will continue to do so," Gerow said, and "if those who don't agree with the law want to change it, it certainly is their right to do that."

There's no law that says All Votes Matter has to disclose where its money comes from. But opponents of the electoral college changes are outraged that voters are being kept in the dark about who's behind such a potentially consequential reform. "This is an effort to fundamentally change the way Pennsylvania conducts its presidential elections, in my view to rig the election," says Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach. "They raised an awful lot of money very quickly—$300,000 in just a few days. We're all curious where that level of funding comes from."

Carolyn Fiddler, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which assists Democrats in state-level races around the country, says: "Given the potential impact of this measure this group is lobbying for, not just for Pennsylvanians but for presidential politics and Americans in general, the public has a right to know who's behind it."

Transparency advocates say it's not enough to just know who is doing the lobbying—voters should also know who is paying the bills. "The old adage is that actions speak louder than words, and deeper pockets allow for more action," says Michael Beckel, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics. "Without disclosure, the public is unable to fully hold accountable the companies and organizations that have hired these lobbyists in the first place."

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/11/pennsylvania-electoral-college-all-votes-matter

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

Too many voters young and old stay home.

That is how we got Brownback and the RINO party in general. Brownback works for the Koch family money and the Wal-Mart family money keep this in mind.

Democrats and true republicans need to stick together for we are getting duped. The right wing RINO's quietly took control of the republican party in order to avoid the ballot process required to establish a new party.

RINO's do not like republicans or democrats. With lots of money they voted out republicans over the years until absolute control was achieved.

VOTERS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION!! It may well be taking place within the democratic party as well.

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

He would of been wiser to omit the degree. He probably wasn't smart enough to do that

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another_right_wing_nut 2 years, 5 months ago

DISCLAIMER: ljworld.com isn't letting me post my source links. If you are interested in my source links, just let me know.


All of you crazy Liberals are right. Bring back Kathleen and her common sense.

You know, like giving $700,000 to her friend. Or appointing a gal from North Carolina instead of a Kansan for the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

Instead of hating so much, why don't you sit down, be quite and learn to quit being so negative all of the time. I love you all, even those that express your deep hatred toward Governor Brownback. Put down your Mac, shut off your iPod, turn up your heat and settle in with a nice dessert.

Y'all really need to learn to care about things of great importance like volunteering to empower those kids whose parents don't [or can't] properly support. Or learn to be grateful that our state has lower unemployement rates than the majority of the US of A.

That is all. Please return to your blind and selfish hatred.

ARWN

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 5 months ago

The arrogance of the right knows no bounds.

I am particularly enjoying posters like rockchack something and toe and ksrush who are defending this.

Or the poster who decided this is OK because Obama. No real reason, just the word Obama.

The word "sheep" comes to mind, but to bandy that about would be an insult to farm animals.

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emceelean 2 years, 5 months ago

While I think it is intellectually dishonest to hold an unaccredited degree, is it not possible that Mann might be very skilled as an administrator and IT professional? There are many aspects of this that are unseemly, but I'm not prepared to castigate him based on his lack of an accredited degree.

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

If anyone gets WIBW-TV, their 10pm newscast is going to have the latest claptrap on this guy.

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nekansan 2 years, 5 months ago

So the guy has a degree from a university that was closed by the FTC as a scam, and.....

One of his key accomplishments listed on his resume is cutting his IT budget 68% by outsourcing IT overseas, sounds like just what we need in Kansas to help stimulate our economy and create jobs.

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

Rothy has the left nut jobs and conspiracy quacks wound tight tonight. Good job Rothy, stick it to the man !

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Seems Mann is busy trying to cover his tracks, I posted at 8:41 and resume gone by 8:50. Bet that is a sample of how quick anyone who questions him will be terminated. But what counts is his brown nose and pure incompetence, that's what caused brownie to select him.Bet Koch had their headhunters searching all over for such a candidate for brownie.

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KansasPerson 2 years, 5 months ago

"This resume has been removed from public view by the job seeker."

Wow, that was fast!!

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months ago

There are already people working for the state who could have done this job, and for less money. How can any conservative defend this? You talk about wasting government money, yet it's ok to hire someone unqualified for more money than most citizens of Kansas earn.

Brownback is the most hypocritical low life creep in politics. I'd rather have someone who has affairs in office than this lying jerk. He calls himself a Christian? He lies about that too. He is an immoral hypocrite. It's going to take Kansas a long time to recover from this. Surely this could be grounds for recall. Surely, we can figure out some way to get this guy out of office before he gives all our tax money to people from Florida. Go back to Florida, all of you Brownback creeps. And take him with you.

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Please note on his resume as posted here. http://jobcircle.com/resumes/jim_mann Willing to relocate "NO", Obviously he is willing to lie about any and everything.

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kernal 2 years, 5 months ago

My best to the IT personnel of the various departments for the State of Kansas for what you will be dealing with. I don't doubt for a minute that the current IT people will be doing most of the work. Would serve Brownback right if they all find other jobs and leave. I bet at least half of them could.

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woodscolt 2 years, 5 months ago

Brownback also issued an executive order that directs all executive branch agency IT directors and staff to report to Mann. That order excludes regents universities.

Great, clownback brings a guy in who has a "pretend degree" and everyone else, whom may actually have legitimate degrees and a lot of service to this state are not only passed over but now have to mind this phony. I know, the state is broke and I know where we could have saved 150G. There is no end to this guys arrogance and spending.

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toe 2 years, 5 months ago

Most universities are diploma mills these days. The trouble is finding ones that are not.

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phsxtchr 2 years, 5 months ago

On Jim Mann's resume (http://jobcircle.com/resumes/jim_mann2.html?source=browse2) he makes this claim: "Won First Place Awards at Microsoft's Window World Open for the development of strategic business applications. Employee Information Access Systems (1997) and Remote Worker Support Systems (1996)" while working for Lawson Products, Inc.

But this Chicago Tribune article about the 1996 Window's World Open says that the application that won the Remote Worker Support Systems award was developed by RR Systems, Inc. FOR Lawson Products: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-06-04/news/9701170383_1_custom-software-workflow-visual-basic/2

Is Mr. Mann taking credit for an application developed by someone else?

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sourpuss 2 years, 5 months ago

Honestly, this guy does not sound at all qualified and now he's replacing TWO positions at the "bargain" savings of around $26,000/year. Well, maybe he'll surprise us. In a good way?

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 5 months ago

Hoping Kansas survives the extremist governorship methods of Sam Brownback.

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tecuani 2 years, 5 months ago

Spear Phishing Target Engaged....

Jim Mann

I think someone should let Anonymous know about this hire...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

This guy's primary job is to force out all the IT directors in the various departments of state government.

You don't need a college degree to be a bull in a china shop.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Sam B. is emulating Obama (again) and setting up a website to drag in millions in donations and another one to monitor attacks against him. Wow! That Obama has some sort of power over other politicians I'll tell ya'. His community organizing skills are far more refined than I could've ever imagined.

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nugget 2 years, 5 months ago

Never mind that there are eminently qualified IT professionals who are Kansas taxpayers that could have done a better job than this diploma mill Florida hire will. The Republicans elected this big fat turd and they can now eat their own dog food. What a clown.

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 5 months ago

The sad part of this story is that over the next few years IT is going to be a major player in how we do business. Even more so than now as everything becomes digitized and processed electronically. Wide range knowledge of all things IT is expected and we have someone who spent 2 years getting an online Romanian diploma worth less than the ink used to print it.

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Stain 2 years, 5 months ago

This is a shameful waste of taxpayer money. There is no way that position should be worth $150k even if the guy turns out to be qualified after all.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

Faith-based technology.

If you pray hard and long enough, those IT problems will be solved by jesus.

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Brian Hall 2 years, 5 months ago

Complain all we want about this hire but we are stuck with him. The Democrats in office can't complain because then people will just think they are whining about Republicans and Republicans don't want to upset Lord and Savior Sam and have their careers ruined.

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Bob_Loblaw 2 years, 5 months ago

Kansas is now technologically....screwed..... I'll bet that Sam somehow "knew" this guy before he applied...if there even was an application process that is.

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sciencegeek 2 years, 5 months ago

So much for "character". Apparently that only applies to "other" people. Then again, all those campaign promises weren't exactly honest, were they? Such as:

protecting education (as long as we don't pay for it)

creating jobs (just not for anyone from Kansas)

making government more efficient (by outsourcing everything to crony's companies who actually cost more and do less)

Gotta read the fine print.

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hammerhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Good for the governor. He knows that there is no one here in Kansas smart enough to do the IT job. After all, Brownback was voted into office by Kansans.

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cowboy 2 years, 5 months ago

The gov's spokesperson , Sherrienne Nothingbutcrapolacomesouttamymouth says , they hired him for his 20 years of it , not his scholarly pursuits.

He submitted fraudulent info to the state of kansas

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

Even Florida Believes The GOP Is Intentionally Sabotaging The Economy To Defeat Obama

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post picks up on a new poll out of Florida that does not bode well for the GOP.

The poll was conducted by Suffolk University and among other things asked voters "Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected?"

The results: 49% said yes, 39% said no.

Yikes? Maybe.

Those results certainly dovetail nicely with Obama's reelection plan to run against a do-nothing Congress — particularly as Florida will be a key battleground in 2012 — and moreover reflect the record low approval rating Congress has been getting of late.

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-11-03/politics/30354068_1_new-poll-record-low-approval-rating-barack-obama

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costello 2 years, 5 months ago

Someone at the University of Illinois tracked down some of these diploma mills. Amazing!

http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/diploma_mills.pdf

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

oops; sorry. the 'research' continues. I bet he's part of the C-Street Cult that trained Muscular Sam.

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dinglesmith 2 years, 5 months ago

Stop wading around in the mud and political nonsense. The issue here is that this man is wholly unqualified for the position he was hired for. He is not from Kansas, his degree is from a degree mill, he couldn't get along with his last boss, his job before that was running an IT shop for 19 people. He is not qualified. All of us - left and right - should be angry seeing our tax dollars spent in this way.

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KansasPerson 2 years, 5 months ago

"Previously, he owned Irishmann Enterprises...."

Yes, he is listed as having been President and Secretary at this corporation, with a Kathleen M. Mann listed as Chairman and Secretary. One website (not theirs) lists their services as "Commercial lithographic printing Ceramics makers services, Glass blowers services, Textile spinners or loomers or weavers services, Taxidermy services, Visual art services, Painters services, Lithographers services, Cartoonists services, Sculptors services" but I don't know how accurate that is. Another source says just "Commercial lithographic printing."

Okay, two years of doing that (2007-2009) and before that he was a VP at Havi Foodservice Worldwide (CJ Online does not say he was Chief Info Officer there, but J-W says he was). Can't find much on them.

CJ Online already has this up:

"State IT chief's degree possibly from unaccredited college" http://cjonline.com/news/2011-11-07/state-it-chiefs-degree-possibly-unaccredited-college

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vuduchyld 2 years, 5 months ago

Our state needs jobs And there his record really ain't so great Unless you count Executives he's hired from out of state!

Welcome to Brownbackistan!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

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cowboy 2 years, 5 months ago

maybe he can fix the gov's email which doesn't work , I called them and got an "uhh" as an official response.

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moxibustion 2 years, 5 months ago

Seriously?

This is absolutely disgusting. My 14 year old has more tech knowledge and actually attends a 'real' school.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

How many more pcs. of dung is SR going to fling at the wall hoping one will finally stick. How anyone can justify the employ of this person is beyond me.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

Does it strike anyone as unusual that local bloggers can discover more about this gentleman in a few minutes than the administration or the LJW reporter? I am also shocked this gentleman agreed to move to a state that still (gasp!) has an income tax. How ever will he survive?

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kernal 2 years, 5 months ago

Doubt we'll find any association of Mann with The Fellowship as they are closed mouth and secretive, althought that certainly doesn't preclude the possibility that there is a connection.

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cowboy 2 years, 5 months ago

From Wired.com

Down by the Diploma Mills Stream Kendra Mayfield Email 08.28.02

Welcome to Harrington University (also known as the University of San Moritz, University of Palmers Green and University of Devonshire, among others), where anyone can purchase a bachelor's or master's degree -- no tests or coursework required -- for the bargain price of several thousand dollars.

The "university," owned by an American resident in Romania, uses mail-drop addresses in the United Kingdom, printing services in Jerusalem and banking options in Cyprus. The operation has sold 70,000 diplomas in the United States alone, raking in over $100 million, according to diploma mill expert John Bear.

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cowboy 2 years, 5 months ago

I'd like to see this clown's transcripts. With no IT degree , nor masters level degree , he is woefully unqualified for this position. One of his major accomplishments is offshoring jobs.

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xyz 2 years, 5 months ago

This is from one of the many resumes posted for Mann: Educational Background 1993 - 1995: BBA Business - University of Devonshire 1972 - 1974: Business - University of Maryland

Hmmmm...a couple of years at Maryland and then 20 years later it takes him a couple of years to get a diploma from an online diploma mill!!! Come on, FlimFlamSam!

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jesse499 2 years, 5 months ago

He has to do something with the money from SRS.

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

Grow the economy. Shrink government intrusion. Jobs. Uh huh.....

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Alceste 2 years, 5 months ago

The Sterling credientials may be read here:

http://jobcircle.com/resumes/jim_mann2.html?source=browse2

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/12357496/CIO-in-Fl-Resume-Jim-Mann-Resumedoc

http://www.yatedo.com/p/Jim+Mann/normal/7ea35210b561f2e1fdd4a4b4df44cb6b

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find Mann's connection to the Republican Party in Florida.....it's there! But I'm not doing all the work and I feel so under appreciated.....sniffle

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Floyd Craig 2 years, 5 months ago

why is the crook paying out 100,000.00 for that kind of worjk cant any of his croneys doit he pays them right or is it more then they can do or understand to do impeach brownback hes a bum

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Paul Geisler 2 years, 5 months ago

Something just doesn't seem right with this appointment! I wonder what Brownslack did to change his mind about his willingness to relocate for a job??? And an executive order from Brownslack that mandates that all IT directors within state agencies report directly to this guy??? That should work out well.

http://jobcircle.com/resumes/jim_mann2.html?source=browse2

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 5 months ago

Obama is the first President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense. I think Brownbacker is just following the leader.

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2 years, 5 months ago

@rc'77 In this instance I agree. The last KS election netted several losers from Florida into high-paying made-up in The Gov's administration. The Gov is hiring Floridian losers so he can make Kansas more like Texas. Odd bit of logic if you follow his actions and words.

Thanks Gov for letting us once again know that you don't think there are any Kansans who can do the job. What's the matter, didn't donate enough to your election, not the "right" kind of Christian; not endorsed by Doug Coe or the the Koch Brothers? Please, tell us.

He's destroyed public education and SRS, and now he's set his eyes on the state's IT infrastructure.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 5 months ago

"Elections have consequences". Barack Hussein Obama II, October 25, 2010.

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somedude20 2 years, 5 months ago

Blood money! That $150,000 came from cutting the funding to help the children, the old, the sick, the disabled, women, the poor and so on! Think of the people who have died from these cuts while you cash your check, chief

Brownback, you aint no religious fool cause christ showed compassion (and I do not even believe gods), you are just a plain old fool and really a disgrace to the human race!

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

Baby Bear:

http://www.havigs.com/website/team/partners.php

Mama Bear:

http://www.havigroup.com/

hhhmmmm...

http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-HAVI-Group-RVW1136015.htm

"Theodore F. Perlman "Chairman, The HAVI Group, LP

"Perlman is the chair and CEO of The HAVI Group, which provides distribution, purchasing, logistics, premiums and promotional services to the McDonald’s restaurant system, both in the United States and worldwide. His other major U.S. clients include The Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks Coffee, British Petroleum, Nissan and Diageo.

"Perlman holds numerous board and leadership positions with community non-profit organizations including: the Anti-Defamation League Foundation; B’nai B’rith Foundation; the Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Chamber of Commerce; Jewish United Fund; National ADL Foundation; and, the Perlman Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Chicago Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization."

http://rmhc.org/who-we-are/board-of-trustees/

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lgreen17 2 years, 5 months ago

Here's his resume.

So there's no one in Kansas that could do this job?

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/12357496/CIO-in-Fl-Resume-Jim-Mann-Resumedoc

Heck, I have more experience than this guy does.

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ebyrdstarr 2 years, 5 months ago

The only University of Devonshire I can find is an online diploma mill that doesn't have any actual classes or work involved. People can buy pieces of paper from these places, which are all run by the same people, and claim they hold degrees. Is this where this guy got the business degree that supposedly justifies his top job and high salary?

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lgreen17 2 years, 5 months ago

The University of Devonshire..where is that? oh, it's is an unaccredited "diploma mill" according to the Chronicle of Higher Education see the link:

Who is this guy, and what experience does he have really? None it looks like.

Wonder what religion he is?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

"Is there some reason the governor can't find qualified Kansans to hire for various positions?"

Yes. These people must have long standing credentials as a Nazi RINO who don't talk back and love to be on government tax dollar payrolls with benefits = socialism is good!.

This person must have skills related to screwing up economies and putting more people out of work.

How does laying off people help the economy?

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question4u 2 years, 5 months ago

Someone from Florida with a year of experience as a chief information technology officer for a company that he quit when he couldn't agree with management is more qualified for this position than ANYONE in Kansas?

It's no secret that Flim-Flam Sam thinks that Kansans are a bunch of rubes.

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jafs 2 years, 5 months ago

Is there some reason the governor can't find qualified Kansans to hire for various positions?

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 5 months ago

At 58 the guy should retire and coming to Kansas to take a $155,000 job as some technology director( again, another fake hollywood title and unneccessary job), Kansas needs jobs and now the Governor hires someone from out of state. Goes to show that the Universities and colleges in Kansas cannot produce anyone to do the job in Kansas.

The Presidents of the Regents schools should be raising heck about this and Dolph could surely write a column about this hiring since he has refused to tackle the hiring of a woman from California to come to the USD 497 and suck on that payroll .

Kansas is being played for a sucker. P T Barnum is alive and well in the state.

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