Kentucky’s attorney general says a payment made to the state’s former adoption czar was illegal. Andy Beshear’s legal opinion issued today\yesterday says Gov. Matt Bevin violated the state’s procurement law.
Bevin paid a $60,000 termination fee to Dan Dumas when he abruptly left the job as the state’s adoption czar. Dumas was hired last year under a $240,000 a year, no-bid contract to advise Bevin on foster care and adoption. In his legal opinion, Attorney General Andy Beshear says the payment was illegal because Dumas was hired under a “sole source” contract. Beshear said the Bevin administration should have sought competitive bids for the position. The opinion said that because the contract was invalid, so was the termination fee. The opinion comes only days after Bevin hired a Florida couple to serve as his adoption advisers. Hiring documents obtained through an open records request by the Courier-Journal show the pastor and his wife were appointed as state employees and are not working under a contract.