Rogers was fired from GPB for violating policy
by Michelle Babcock
May 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 7530 views | 3 3 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chip Rogers
Chip Rogers
A letter to Chip Rogers from Georgia Public Broadcast released this week shows the former state senator was fired for several violations of the company’s employment policies.

The letter, sent April 18 and obtained by the Tribune’s news partner Fox 5 Atlanta, informed Rogers his employment was terminated immediately.

“You have violated several employment policies of GPB relating to political activity, outside or dual employment, time and attendance, teleworking and the code of ethics,” the letter stated.

Rogers left the state Senate a little more than a year ago — just after winning a bid for re-election — to take a job as the executive producer of GPB’s “Georgia Works” initiative — reportedly earning a taxpayer funded salary of $150,000.

Rogers was trained on GPB policy in Jan. 2013 during new hire orientation, but did not comply, the termination letter stated.

Rogers was also warned in May 2013 affiliation with outside groups could be a conflict of interest, when reports of his political activities surfaced.

“You were directed to get consent from the president and CEO before engaging in any such activities and despite the fact that you acknowledged understanding with this directive, you failed to comply,” the letter states. “Your supervisors have discussed with you the importance of making your job here at GPB a priority and a full-time effort. It has also come to our attention that you have performed personal business for another organization on company time.”

The former Cherokee lawmaker was elected to the state House in 2002 and to the Senate in 2004.

After winning re-election in 2012, Rogers quit to become an employee at GPB in December. After leaving the Senate, Rogers told the Tribune that Gov. Nathan Deal told him about the job a few months earlier.

“He was extremely supportive the whole time,” Rogers said at the time. “He said, ‘Look, this is an opportunity that is available. I think you’d be great for it. If you want to explore it, we’re here to help you explore it.”

A spokesperson for Deal declined to comment earlier this week, because “it’s not a governor’s office matter.”

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So long, Chip!
May 05, 2014
He took government funds he didn't earn. Can we at least drug test him, like the food stamps recipients? Come on GOP, demand some restitution from your boy!
Registered Voter
May 05, 2014
Sounds like Chip needs to work in fast food.
Karma is a
May 05, 2014
Maybe he should open his hotel back up. Or better yet, get the ole Will the Winner act back up and running! Serves him right- another self serving politician.
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