CHARLESTON — A state employee who is well-known for her contracting work across the state, including in Boone and Logan counties, has apparently been terminated by the State Division of Legislative Services.
Legislative Services Director Aaron Allred confirmed Tuesday, November 12, that Jo Vaughan is no longer the GIS Coordinator for the state.
Vaughan had announced her “termination” on the social network Facebook last week. Allred said, because it is a personnel matter, he could only confirm that Vaughan no longer is an employee of his division. He could not comment on the reason for her departure under legal advice, he said.
Vaughan was perhaps best known for being involved in legislative redistricting. Her mapping skills were utilized by state legislators when House of Delegates and State Senate district lines were redrawn every ten years.
In addition, Vaughan operated her own private business and assisted various counties with redistricting magisterial and precinct district lines. Her company, Jo Vaughan Consulting, worked with the Boone County Commission and Clerk’s office in 2012, for example, redrawing district maps, according to a County Clerk employee.
Former Logan County Commissioner Art Kirkendoll also confirmed that Vaughan did work for that county as a private consultant with regard to magisterial redistricting.
In addition, Vaughan did private work in Lincoln, Putnam and Kanawha counties.
At the time of her apparent termination by the state, she was working with Charleston City Council to redraw council district lines.
Allred said there had been “no discussion” within his office as to whether Vaughan’s position would immediately be refilled.
Some legislative critics blamed Vaughan for errors in House redistricting legislation in 2012. A special session of the legislature was eventually called to correct those alleged errors. Others also criticized Vaughan for working as a private consultant in the field in which she was employed by the state. However, Vaughan cited a state ethics opinion saying her consulting work was permissable.
No telephone number was available for Vaughan in local telephone directories. Her business address is listed as Poca.