DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad's administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa.
Critics say the practice makes it easier for friends and campaign donors to land the jobs.
Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the unadvertised hires are allowed under state law for certain jobs.
This practice is allowed for at-will jobs that come with fewer job protections that most government jobs.
Centers says another 2,300 people were hired for jobs that were advertised since Branstad took office in 2011.
Branstad's predecessor hired 604 employees into unadvertised jobs.