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Investigation into Atlanta jobs agency head leads to her retirement

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After a newspaper investigation found her agency "recklessly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars," the head of Atlanta's jobs agency has retired.

Deborah Lum was the executive director for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency for 11 years — until an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found the agency was spending stimulus funds on "phantom workers" and "token or nonexistent training."

Lum, 67, had an annual salary of almost $98,000, according to the AJC story. She retired last week, two days after the AJC's stories were published.

She was hired in 2003 by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to help reform the agency, which had long suffered from "complaints of cronyism and corruption," the AJC reported.

A national search is now underway for a new executive director, according to the story.

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