Arkansas Department of Career Education Director William L. "Bill" Walker, Jr., today announced that Clara Taylor, who was hired in February in an interpreter position for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division, has been transferred to a different position within the agency. The transfer to the position of vocational rehabilitation specialist is effective immediately.
"At the time Ms. Taylor was hired, I felt that she was the best candidate for the job," Director Walker said. "However, after further review and consideration, I believe that I made a mistake in hiring her for the interpreter position."
"I take full responsibility for the decision to hire her," he said. "I believe that she will continue to be a valuable employee for this agency and that her skills are better utilized in another position."
Original story (August 29):
The controversial hiring of a deaf interpreter will go back before lawmakers.
In July, lawmakers grilled Career Education Director Bill Walker about his decision to hire a friend over more qualified applicants.
Walker defended his decision, but many cried foul, saying the woman hired wasn't American Sign Language certified.
The committee asked legislative research to look into the hiring, and are scheduled to report back to lawmakers on Sept. 17.