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Investigation finds city employees didn't hold required college degrees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Revelations that a number of Jacksonville city employees didn't have the college degrees required to hold their jobs is causing sweeping changes at City Hall.

The city Inspector General's Office launched an investigation in April after getting a whistleblower complaint that four employees listed degrees on their resumes that did not come from accredited institutions.

In some of the cases, the workers had received degrees from online schools without actually attending school. They just paid a few hundred dollars and received a degree based on courses taken in the past and "life experience."

One of the individuals involved was Derek Igou, who was named acting director of the city's Neighborhood's Department in March, then resigned in April.

The investigation also faulted city workers who didn't properly check to verify the degrees before people were hired.

DOCUMENT: "Systematic failure to verify accredited college degrees'

The inspector general recommended that the city update several policies, including adding the word "accredited" degrees to job descriptions where a college degree is required.  The city has agreed and is making the changes.

The city has yet to decide if any disciplinary actions will be taken.


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