Navajo president reaches deal in nepotism case

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. apologized for hiring his wife but won't face charges for alleged nepotism under a deal with the Navajo Nation Council's ethics committee.

Shirley said it was a "mistake" to hire First Lady Vikki Shirley and give a $49,000 salary. Vikki Shirley later resigned the paid post amid criticism by council delegates, tribal members and the media.

The ethics committee said it has no authority to file charges or ask that charges be filed against Shirley. A similar case involving Vice President Frank Dayish Jr., who also hired his wife, is ongoing.

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Navajo Nation president apologizes for hiring wife, no charges filed (The Farmington Daily Times 7/28)
Nepotism allegation dropped vs. Navajo head (AP 7/28)

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