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Fired ISU Groundskeeper rehired

Former superintendent of grounds at Illinois State University who lost his job after an incident encountered with then-President Timothy Flanagan was hired back today at a different position.

Patrick Murphy has been hired as a horticulturalist and curator of the Fell Arboretum for $65,004 a year.

Murphy’s former position of superintendent of grounds still remains vacant. The university is reviewing the title, job description and duties of that job to see what best meets the needs of the department, according to Jay Groves, chief of staff.

Murphy was approaching the end of his probationary period when he got into the altercation with Flanagan on Dec. 5 on the university-owned president’s residence. It was five days later he was informed he would be fired.

On March 22, Flanagan resigned and currently has been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and is scheduled to be back in court on May 28.

Immediately after being appointed on March 22, President Dietz began a review of the dismissal of Murphy. He met with Human Resources and other campus offices regarding the review. Files were reviewed in this situation including Murphy’s full confidential employment record.

“As a result of the review, President Dietz believed Patrick deserved another opportunity at the university,” Groves said.

Murphy applied for the horticulturalist and curator position that was open because of a retirement and he started work today.  He will also be in charge of supervising the biology greenhouses.

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