Emails show more involvement of Kosta Diamantis in daughter’s job search



Konstantinos Diamantis, the former state official under federal investigation, showed a special interest in his daughter’s quest for state employment on a number of occasions in early 2020, according to documents released Friday.

The documents, obtained Friday by The Connecticut Mirror through a Freedom of Information Act request, were compiled in response to a federal subpoena issued in October.

Many of the documents had been part of the independent investigation into the matter commissioned by Gov. Ned Lamont and conducted by Stanley Twardy of the Day Pitney law firm.

But others provide new insights into the extent to which Diamantis advocated on behalf of his daughter Anastasia.

The Twardy report established that Diamantis had entangled himself in Anastasia’s job search. It reported that he pressured an official with the state Department of Administrative Services to hire Anastasia for a human resources position in November 2018, and that in June 2020 he had forwarded an email to Anastasia about a job within the Division of Criminal Justice — which he had initially received from former Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo. Colangelo hired Anastasia Diamantis days later for a different position in his office. Colangelo, who was accused of pressuring Diamantis to help secure raises for his staff, resigned in early February.

But those weren’t the only instances when Kosta Diamantis involved himself in Anastasia’s employment efforts, the documents show.

Two state jobs

On Jan. 2, 2020, Anastasia Diamantis received an email from a state human resources official regarding a job at the state Department of Education. The email stated that a staff assistant position Anastasia had applied for was being canceled and would be reposted with different job responsibilities in the future.

She forwarded the email to her father two days later with no comment, the records show. A few minutes later, Kosta Diamantis forwarded the email to his boss, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, with no comment.

“She sent it to me on my personal email just to let me know what had happened, and I forwarded it to my state email so that I could print it out at work and have a record of it,” Diamantis said. “The only reason that personal email ended up in my state email is because I don’t have a printer at home and wanted to print it.”

Just about a month later, on Feb. 6, 2020, Diamantis learned that the newly created Office of Workforce Competitiveness needed an executive assistant, a job that paid as much as $135,000.

Diamantis forwarded the job description to the governor’s then-chief operating officer, Paul Mounds, and asked “Is [this] something for Anastasia?”

Mounds responded by telling Diamantis that whoever got the position would eventually report to the state Office of Policy and Management, the agency he helped lead: “I am agnostic about the who for this position. With that said, this ES position is current in DECD and is called for to be moved [to] OPM in the upcoming budget adjustments.”

“I was just being inquisitive about a job opening and wondering if perhaps my daughter would be qualified for it,” Diamantis said Saturday. “I was just asking a question to see what the answer might be.”

A longer version of this story originally appeared on the website of The Connecticut Mirror, www.ctmirror.org.



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