Jesse Hernandez, Ex-Chair of AZ Executive Clemency Board, Gave Improper Raise to Girlfriend, Report States

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Jesse Hernandez, the chair of the Arizona Executive Clemency Board, gave an improper raise to a woman in the office he was dating, an investigative report shows.

The heavily redacted report (below) by the human resources division of the Arizona Department of Administration details that and eight other incidents state investigators sustained in an investigation, portraying Hernandez as an office troublemaker.

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Hernandez, a GOP consultant who heads a Hispanic group that supports SB1070, was one of three new members Governor Jan Brewer appointed last year. The appointments followed the firing of three of the five board members, who Brewer apparently felt might be prone to give clemency to inmates.

As New Times reported this morning, Hernandez' departure came more than a week after the resignation of another of Brewer's handpicked, new members, Mel Thomas. His resignation letter stated he "could no longer endure the way me and my fellow board members have been treated."

A source told us yesterday that Thomas had been referring to Hernandez.

Numerous witnesses backed up the allegations in the investigation, which began with a complaint by a woman employee of the state agency on May 16. The unidentified woman claimed that Hernandez had discriminated and retaliated against her.

It's unclear if the woman who filed the complaint is the same woman Hernandez dated. The report details how the two had been seen frequently carpooling together, sharing lunch leftovers, standing close to each other at times, play-slapping and generally acting like a couple. One witness saw Hernandez give the woman a kiss. Sometimes they'd seem to "get under the others' skin, in a way that only your significant other could do."

Hernandez promoted the woman and gave her a $21,340 raise, even though she wasn't qualified or deserving of the promotion, the report states. He denied the two were in a sexual relationship.

Employees and other board members were encouraged by Hernandez to gossip about each other, and "spy on each other." Then, after learning some piece of gossip about an employee or board member, Hernandez would reportedly tell the target of the gossip how others were talking behind their backs. He denied the allegation, saying people would freely tell him things, but that he wouldn't spread the gossip. Investigators didn't believe him.

The report, while difficult to decipher because of all the blacked-out lines, makes it clear that others in the clemency board office felt Hernandez would flirt with women, was "promiscuous," and sometimes make harassing statements, such as "routinely" calling one worker a "heathen" because she didn't attend church.

But the report also indicates that Hernandez wasn't the only problem perceived by clemency board staff. "Management" including Hernandez encouraged others to document and spy on disfavored employees.

One sustained allegation, for example, states that Hernandez and an unnamed person harassed a woman. Allegation Eight, also sustained, says Hernandez and an unnamed person "regularly make inappropriate and discriminatory comments."

For example, one woman recalled telling Hernandez and the other troublemaker about her fiance's cousin and his girlfriend, who was an Indian woman with a wealthy family. "Then why is she dating that white trash?" the unnamed person told the employee.

We've put in a request to find out the identity of Hernandez's accomplice, if you will, in the list of allegations. We also tried repeatedly to get Andrew Wilder, spokesman for Brewer, on the line, but he refused to return our calls.

Click here for the report in Scribd.

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WhoKnows topcommenter

So this guy resigns for giving his girlfriend a raise, but Tom HornyBoi give his mistress a job she's not qualified for, and does he resign?  No.  HoreyBoi thinks he should run for Governor!


Just more of the usual feeding at the public trough. 


Jan Brewer, as the Arizona Commander In Chief, you failed the men and women of the Arizona National Guard.  You let senior officers take advantage of your men and women.  When it was brought up to your attention that Babeu was showing his junk on the internet, you failed to take the appropriate action. Now the Justice system!  You should have demanded the pretty boy Horne resign immediately.  Now this clown Hernandez is doing the same thing.  When you return from India, you need to get a hold of some bottles of Gin, because it ain't over. 


Tom Horne,  lead by example and resign.  He hired a "friend" so that he could eat pita in the afternoons.  Horne and Hernandez are a direct reflection on Jan Brewer.  Should Horne be investigated by the Arizona Department of Administration.    


I would hope that Mr. Hernandez does NOT get to go back to work for David Schweikert (his employer prior to the job from which he just resigned).

Cozz topcommenter

...and these are the assholes that make life and death decisions, amazing....the bullshit just never ends in Arizona.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

The Clemency Board are the ones who decide who lives and who dies? Well, this case needs to be shoved right into Brewer's face! Democrats, are you paying attention?


@Slappy NOT....ADOA is a part of the problem, since the Governors office is closely "in kahoots" with them. But fortunately this retard left a lot of track marks in this situation.

valleynative topcommenter


Maybe I'm misinterpreting, but why should only Democrats be paying attention?

Politics isn't black/white, Democrat/Republican.   Republicans and Independents should also be outraged.

valleynative topcommenter


Actually, in the real world, too.  A lot of Republicans recognize Brewer as an idiot, and some actually voted for her Democrat opponent in the last general election.   Not everybody oversimplifies things.

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