WASHINGTON -- Former St. Paul veterans benefits director Kim Graves will be sent to a lesser job in Phoenix, senior House Veterans Affairs Committee officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said last week they demoted Graves to assistant director, after the department's Inspector General found she orchestrated a move to Minnesota from the East Coast and received $130,000 in moving expenses. She also kept her high $173,949 salary, even though her responsibilities in St. Paul were greatly diminished.
Graves was officially reassigned to the assistant director position in Phoenix, a much bigger organization, VA officials told the House Committee.
She will take a paycut, too, though will likely make more than $100,000 a year.
Kay Anderson, the current assistant director in St. Paul, has taken over the helm of the Regional Benefits Office.
The VA has not commented on the shuffling and has not taken steps to make Graves pay back her relocation allowance to St. Paul. It was unclear whether she would get another one to move to Arizona.