SALT LAKE CITY October 20, 2016 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement today:
“Few employees at the Attorney General’s Office come close to J. Francis Valerga when measured by dedication to the office, to the principles of justice, fairness, and integrity, and to the agencies and employees of this state. In sum, J. Francis is a tremendous asset to the Office, the Division, and the Employment Section. While some lose steam as they approach retirement, J. Francis has only gained momentum, running hard until the end. He will be missed and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
As an Assistant Attorney General in the Employment Section of the Litigation Division, J. Francis has represented state agencies before the Career Service Review Board, the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In over twelve years with hundreds of cases in the archives, he has only lost one case. In addition to representing agencies with exceptional dedication (he has been known to spend the night in the office with only tomato soup for sustenance when preparing for a hearing), J. Francis screens hundreds of potential cases every year, advising agencies and human resource specialists on how to proceed with proposed disciplinary actions. It is here that he makes a huge difference for the employees of the state, ensuring that the imposition of discipline is not capricious or autocratic, but is fair and judicious. His efforts save the state untold mountains of money and the Employment Section countless hours litigating lost causes.
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