With an unconscionably ugly history of employee relations as a government official in Arizona, Black earns a unanimous nod from the selection panel
Photo credit: Phoenix Business Journal (2017 Outstanding Women in Business)
Reported in Sue Black, under public pressure in Arizona, rehires fired employee being treated for cancer. (USA Today, 6/15/2018)
State Parks fires employee fighting cancer; Ducey stands behind move. (Arizona Republic, 6/14/2018)
Ducey, however, is a strong supporter of Black despite numerous controversies at Parks. His office is standing behind Hartin's firing.
Roberts: What is the Arizona Parks Department covering up? (Arizona Republic, 1/19/2018)
And it’s because of Harris’ reporting that we learned of accusations about Parks Director Sue Black, including claims that she berated and harassed employees, got drunk at public functions and made racial slurs while representing the state at a conference.Records show state Parks director was investigated in 2015, then given big raise. (Arizona Republic, 12/20/20170
In late 2015, less than a year into her job, the state Department of Administration launched an investigation into Black and found numerous employee complaints that she had abused her authority over staff. That investigation was not disclosed until Wednesday, when it was revealed in documents released to The Arizona Republic through a public-records request.