A former top official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who resigned amid criticism she’d pushed out employees to make room for friends and family had closer contact with the governor’s office than previously disclosed, New Jersey’s top corruption watchdog said in a report Wednesday.
Lizette Delgado-Polanco stepped down in April 2019 as leader of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, the agency overseeing school construction and renovation in the state’s poorest areas.
“Murphy administration employees said they did not authorize every detail of Delgado-Polanco’s managerial decisions but their actions, and in some cases, inaction, made it clear that she conducted her overall activities as CEO with the tacit approval of the Governor’s Office,” according to the State Commission of Investigation.
Delgado-Polanco was ultimately a “woefully inexperienced CEO” who oversaw an agency plagued by “questionable administrative actions, suspect hires and outright managerial malfeasance,” investigators wrote.
Delgado-Polanco previously denied claims she turned