A report out from the Associated Press today indicates a top aide in the office of Secretary of State Matt Schultz continued to received his salary for seven months after the decision was made to eliminate the position.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz decided in May of 2012 to eliminate a chief deputy's position held by Jim Gibbons.

But he remainded on the payroll through the end of the year, drawing his $126,000 salary.

Schultz says Gibbons wife at the time was seriously ill and he felt it would take some time to combine the two deputy positions under reorganization.

The report says Gibbons worked from home for a month and then returned to the office for the remainder of the year..but did not manage any projects according to Schultz