DISD superintendent defends hiring of top managers



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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7:17 PM

DALLAS – In response to an internal audit that alleged he broke district rules by hiring his top managers too soon, Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles responded with one phrase at least eight times.

"An initial review by the legal department shows no policies were broken and nothing illegal or unethical was done," he said at a Tuesday press conference.

The draft audit, obtained by the Dallas Morning News, says senior management positions were only publicly posted after the slots had been filled and some top positions were not posted at all.

Miles calls that a technical mistake.

"I've said, if there were any technical or procedural mistakes made they were done because we were trying to get the work done. We have to have high standards, then I need to do better,” Miles said.          

Miles says it would be premature to correct anything until then.

"You know we are in the process of responding point to point to the draft audit report, so we'll wait to see what the management's response is,” said Miles.

But it's not too soon to see that Miles is dealing with the first major controversy of his tenure and the community is eager to see how he reacts.