Investigation: Clerk's 'Jeans Day' OK

August 26, 2010 3:57:44 PM PDT
The Cook County Inspector General's Office found no evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing in clerk Dorothy Brown's 'Jeans Day' program.The report does recommend stronger controls if the program is resumed.

Jeans Day allowed employees in the clerk's office to pay $2 to wear jeans to work. The money went to charities and so-called 'employee morale' related purposes. But some questioned how the cash was handled. The inspector general was asked to look into the matter.

"This report vindicates our efforts and the investigation fully supports what we knew and had been saying all along," said Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown.

Brown initially would not release the inspector general's report, saying it was confidential. The inspector general's office had no comment.