Three welfare-to-work program agencies are crying foul after the county Workforce Investment Board recommended a proposal for services be awarded to Campesinos Unidos Inc. The proposal award is for $248,919 worth of welfare-to-work services.
The three agencies, Imperial County Office of Education, Imperial County Work Training Center and the Imperial Valley Institute of Technology, said there was an apparent conflict of interest in the evaluation process.
At a county Board of Supervisors committee meeting Monday, agency representatives said one of the WIB employees, Connie Jones, stood to gain financially if Campesinos received the award. Campesinos proposed to hire Jones, who was present during proposal evaluation committee meetings, Work Training Center Director Angela Silva said.
"I would not have set it up that way or allowed that individual (to be there)," county Office of Employment Training Director Sam Couchman said.