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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees in the troubled Orange County recorder's office have accused Ella M. Murphy, the assistant recorder, of hosting holiday champagne parties inside the office and offering alcohol to underage workers. County officials are investigating the allegations, Murphy said Friday. Murphy had little comment, beyond confirming that the matter was the subject of an inquiry by the county administrative office. "I'm aware that (county officials) are looking at this," Murphy said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees in the troubled Orange County recorder's office have accused Ella M. Murphy, the assistant recorder, of hosting holiday champagne parties inside the office and offering alcohol to underage workers. County officials are investigating the allegations, Murphy said Friday. Murphy had little comment, beyond confirming that the matter was the subject of an inquiry by the county administrative office. "I'm aware that (county officials) are looking at this," Murphy said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nancy L. Smith, whose office romance with Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch was found to have seriously disrupted the department, will fight any effort to transfer her to another county job, her attorney said Friday. A recommendation to transfer Smith--a 22-year employee and supervisor in the recorder's office--was included in scathing county reports that upheld allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement by Branch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General voter disinterest in the county's more obscure political offices could produce "tragic" results in Tuesday's election of a county clerk-recorder, the head of a local government watchdog agency said Friday. Orange County Common Cause Director William Mitchell said he was shocked by a recent Times Orange County Poll showing Recorder Lee A. Branch leading in the race, despite the recorder's censure earlier this year for misconduct in office.
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May 27, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though the normally obscure jobs have received unusual attention this year, many voters still are not sure whom to support in the races for county clerk-recorder and treasurer-tax collector, according to a Times Orange County Poll. Nearly half of those surveyed said they did not know who would get their vote in the clerk-recorder contest, while 36% were undecided in the treasurer's race. Treasurer Robert L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An administrator in the Orange County Recorder's office whose personal relationship with embattled Recorder Lee A. Branch has become part of a county investigation is expected to be reassigned to another job in county government, officials said Monday. The transfer of Nancy L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors said Tuesday that they will not negotiate with embattled Recorder Lee A. Branch in an attempt to seek his ouster from office. Following a closed meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez said any deal in exchange for Branch's resignation would be "inappropriate" for the board to consider. "There is no room for a negotiated settlement in this case," Vasquez said. "The public will pass ultimate judgment in June."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1994 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a contest between two veteran county officials whose duties are being merged into one office, beleaguered Recorder Lee A. Branch and County Clerk Gary L. Granville appeared headed for a runoff election late Tuesday. Despite being battered by allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement, Branch trailed Granville by only a small margin. Closely behind them was Ella M. Murphy, who is Branch's top assistant, followed by attorney Christopher J. Leanders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch, censured by the Board of Supervisors for misconduct in office, has made significant efforts to boost productivity and sagging morale among employees who had complained of harassment and a hostile working environment, officials said Monday. County Budget Director Ronald S. Rubino said that a report was issued to the supervisors Monday indicating that Branch has been complying with recommendations made to improve office relations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Grand Jury has asked to review a private consultant's study of office operations directed by County Recorder Lee A. Branch, who is now the subject of sexual harassment and abuse allegations by employees within the office, officials said. The grand jury request was made Tuesday, a day after county authorities said that they had extended Branch's leave from office until an investigation is completed, said Assistant Recorder Ella M. Murphy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Recorder Lee A. Branch is being urged to resign his office, as an investigation into sexual harassment and abuse allegations continues, officials familiar with the probe said Monday. Branch returned to work Monday after a six-week leave only to be asked by county officials to extend his voluntary absence by an additional two weeks, until an investigation of his conduct is completed. Branch did not return telephone calls to his office. Assistant Recorder Ella M.
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