“It didn’t appear they had taken any company assets or stolen any company secrets,’’ said Peltier, the Citizens spokesman. “It was clear they had made a mistake, but it didn’t precipitate harsh punishment.”
Baldwin, 32, was a claims adjuster in Jacksonville with computer software development experience in 2009 when he was hired by Citizens to be a vendor relations manager, earning a $75,000 annual salary. When he resigned May 17, he was earning $112,000.
Ordway and Gilroy had approved a 15.7 percent raise for him in 2010, a 17.5 percent raise in 2011 and a 11 percent raise in 2012, according to company documents. Each raise increase included detailed reviews of the work Baldwin had done and commendations from Ordway.
Ordway said the increases were justified because they were “taking on new roles and responsibilities.”
Dunn was referred to Citizens by Ordway and, according to his personnel file, was one of three people interviewed for the job of vendor relations manager. He was hired for $90,000 in 2010 and was given a raise to $105,000 — a 16.6 percent increase — by Ordway and Gilroy. He did not respond to requests for comment.
Baldwin said Tuesday that he didn’t see a pay increase until April 2013 and never considered his work with ProfileGorilla a conflict.
ProfileGorilla “was not live, had no customers, and generated no revenue,’’ he said in a statement. “It was a concept, not unlike anyone in the state who has a dream for a new startup or to work for themselves.”
Auditors note, however, that the rules state that employees are obligated to report secondary employment if it includes “marketing personal or professional services …whether or not compensation has actually been received.”