Governor's office employee says security breach cost him his job

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 4:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:21pm

A computer technician is frustrated after being placed on administrative leave earlier this year. That’s after he reported a breach in security at the governor’s office.

On March 28th, Jerry Wade, an IT network administrator, got to work for the governor’s office at 6 in the morning. When he arrived, he noticed that a hard drive had been pulled out of one of the main servers, the one that housed data for every employee in the governor’s office.

A quick check of the system, and a few questions for his co-workers, led him to contact the police. He told them that the security on that server had been breached.

State police quickly began an investigation. When they started asking questions, Wade says he felt like he had become their number one suspect.

“At first, I thought I was helping them,” he says, “but it definitely became what they would consider a light interrogation. It didn’t seem light to me.”

Wade couldn’t believe what was happening. “Everything, they felt, pointed to me doing it,” he explains. “They felt I was responsible for the security problems there. They felt I had dropped the ball. They said, ultimately, I was a threat to the governor and they had to remove the threat.”

Wade was placed on administrative leave that day. “I’m not allowed to go to the capitol. I’m not allowed to go to the governor’s floor. I’ve been there 13 years.”

Wade says the loss of the position started to take its toll. He began to feel like a criminal, even though he believes he never did anything wrong.

“The first month was a total nightmare,” he says. “I was looking at every car, every door, looking to see if it was them and they were coming to get me. It sounds silly now, but it’s the truth.”

Months later, Wade is still on leave and he can’t figure out why. “The character’s there. The integrity is there. I’ve been loyal to the governor’s office.”

He says no one can give him an explanation. “We’ve asked for one. On three, different occasions, I asked to take a polygraph test to exonerate myself. They said no.”

Wade says all he wants, now, are answers. “I would like to know why they felt I was a threat?” he demands. “Why did they remove me for no reason?”

State police say they did recommend to the governor’s office that Wade be replaced because of inconsistencies in his actions and statements during the investigation. They say they have no control over his employment status.

The investigation has been closed. It was inconclusive.

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I second the above comments. Well said!!! I, too, voted for Governor Jindal. And I'm asking that this not be dismissed. If a man reports a possible security breach and threat to the Governor then has allegations against him for said report but is later cleared, explain why he would be banned from the Governor's Mansion? Is there not still a possible security breach and threat to the Governor that should be investigated? Mr. Wade should not be the scapegoat!!

Since when do the State Police have the right to assume someone is guilty until proven innocent? A man loses his job and has his career jeopardized because the Lousyana State Police are too inept to do their jobs? It's sad that this poor fellow has to go through all this because the police can't do their jobs.

Since any sane person would find the Lousyana State Police negligent and borderline criminal in their actions during this case then the police should lose *their* jobs! Anyone please tell me the last time you saw a State Police car traveling at, or under, the speed limit? They nearly always break the very laws they are supposed to uphold and now they're obviously covering something up and using an honest, hard-working individual as a scapegoat.

I take back my "borderline criminal" statement. What has been done to this man by the State Police is outright criminal. Governor Jindal, if you care about what is right you'll give this man his position back, give him a raise, pay him restitution for his trouble and embarrassment AND fire any and all officials involved in his suspension. I voted for you, but if you can't do the right thing I'll vote for anyone else. I'm tired of Lousyana "good ole boy" politics, it's time for justice.

Governor Jindal needs to hear from others who care to have a voice. I ask that you would please call constituent services and let them know how you feel about this. You can reach them at 225-342-0991.

Why in the world would State Police recommend this guy lose his job of 13 years when the results of their investigation provided zero proof of neglect or wrong doing? When did speculation and opinion become the same as fact? Right is right Gov. Jindal! Provide this man proof or reinstate him!

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