Ron Berry Gets Old Job Back, But No Boss

(AP) – A Missouri Senate staff member was back at work Tuesday, a month after being fired by a senator who was facing allegations of sexually harassing interns.
Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota fired his chief of staff, Ron Berry, on July 24 shortly before LeVota announced his own resignation. Berry’s dismissal was immediate, but LeVota’s resignation didn’t take effect until this past Sunday.
With his former boss now gone, the Senate re-hired Berry as chief of staff for the vacant 11th Senatorial District, which covers LeVota’s hometown of Independence and other parts of the Kansas City area.
“Ron Berry has positive work experiences in state government and is locally connected to the 11th District,” Senate Administrator Marga Hoelscher said in a short written statement provided to The Associated Press. “Ron will assist current staff with constituent issues pertaining to the district.”
Under Senate rules, individual senators have authority to hire and fire their own staff. But when an office is vacant, employment decisions are made by the Senate. Hoelscher said she re-hired Berry with the support of the chamber’s top senators.
Berry declined to comment Tuesday about his re-hiring.

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