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Capps Changes Hiring Process
updated: Dec 14, 2013, 12:50 PM

By the Dedicated Staff

On December 11th Lois Capps posted a statement on her Facebook page following the death of Mallory Rae Dies, the victim of a fatal hit and run crash with Capp's employee Raymond Moura at the wheel. The statement reads:

"I know that Mallory Rae Dies has been in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us in the Santa Barbara community this week, and I just want to take a moment to say that words cannot express the sadness I feel over her death. This tragedy tugs at the heart of all of us in the community. It is clear that Mallory brought light into the many hearts of those who knew her. This senseless--and avoidable--tragedy is one that all of us in the Santa Barbara community will struggle with for a long time. I know firsthand what it feels like to lose a child. That anguish is something that no parent should face. My prayers are with her parents and all those who mourn today. I wish her, her family, and her friends peace."

On Friday afternoon, representatives from the Congresswoman's office released a statement regarding changes in their hiring procedures:

"Following the recent tragedy involving a former staffer, Congresswoman Lois Capps pledged to review her office’s hiring and vetting procedures.

While the Congresswoman's hiring practices of interviews and reference checks were in line with standard House procedures, she has decided to implement stronger requirements and is now working with U.S. Capitol Police to conduct criminal background checks on every new employee hired by her office going forward. This will come in addition to the standard process of interviews and reference checks.

Additionally, current employees of her offices will also undergo criminal background checks by the U.S. Capitol Police. All of these background checks will consist of a criminal check based on name, date of birth, as well as physical identifiers, including fingerprints.

As she has said previously, the Congresswoman expects all those who work for her and on behalf of the people of the Central Coast to behave responsibly and professionally at all times, without exception. These new procedures will help ensure that this is the case."

Friends and family of victim Mallory Rae Dies have planned a benefit to take place this coming Sunday (December 15th) at Blush Lounge from 4 - 10 pm. View the support page on Facebook for more information on the event. An online donation is also set up in her honor.



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