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When Austin police embarked on hiring a new chief forensics officer a few months ago, officials said they wanted a top-flight scientist to resurrect their shuttered DNA lab and restore confidence in its work.

Their pick was Scott Milne, who has worked in both law enforcement and private forensics labs in Arizona and Colorado, for the $111,000 position.

Today, Milne is being paid to stay home.

No one — not human resources staff, not an interview panel, not department brass — noticed or flagged a less-than-stellar college transcript Milne gave them with his application. Had they done so, they would have seen that Milne’s academic history was pockmarked with failing grades, including many courses directly related to his career, according to records obtained by the American-Statesman.

He failed a class called analytic methods in forensic science, for instance. He passed it a year later with a D.

A few weeks after Milne moved to Austin in November, others in the criminal justice system got a copy of his college record and began questioning his hiring. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley, who had interviewed Milne himself, then conceded that Milne wasn’t suited for the job.

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Source: Austin American-Statesman

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