Lynn Haynes, who was director of personnel for Gov. Phil Murphy’s transition team, said she did not hire former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez for that role.
Haynes said she did not believe that Alvarez could have hired himself for that position, as some members of the Select Committee investigating the Alvarez’s hiring have speculated. Though, she added she was not surprised by the hire given Alvarez’s roles on Murphy’s campaign and transition teams.
But, the three individuals she said could have hired Alvarez — former Murphy chief of staff Pete Cammarano, Murphy chief counsel Matt Platkin and transition chief Jose Lozano — have all said they did not do so.
Platkin was in charge of hiring for the state’s authority units, Haynes said.
Haynes said Alvarez told her he was being hired for the role near the tail end of the transition. Haynes said Lozano confirmed to her that that was the case. Lozano previously testified that Alvarez told him he had been hired for the role at the SDA.
Haynes signed the offer letter for Alvarez’s SDA job, but she said that was among her responsibilities. She testified that she did not have hiring authority herself.
Haynes said she was not aware of any pre-approved list of job candidates created by Murphy.
State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan has accuse Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in April 2017, when Alvarez was in charge of Muslim and Latino outreach for the campaign, for which Brennan would later volunteer.