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Former Acting Army Secretary Gets Job As Consultant

December 8, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Acting Army Secretary John W. Shannon was hired as a high-paid Pentagon consultant within weeks of being put on administrative leave because of a shoplifting arrest, the Pentagon confirmed today.

The Pentagon gave Shannon a month-to-month contract on Nov. 17 to look at Defense Department stock inventories and provide advise on what to keep and what to get rid of, said Army Lt. Col. Stephanie Hoehne, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

He will receive about $85,000 if he stays with the project for one year, she said.

Shannon, 59, was arrested on Aug. 26 outside the Fort Myer post exchange in Arlington, Va., after store detectives saw him put items worth about $30 into a shopping bag and leave the store without paying.

Misdemeanor charges were dropped after he confessed and agreed to attend a nine-month shoplifting prevention program and perform 50 hours of community service. The Pentagon placed him on administrative leave after the incident.

The retired colonel was deputy undersecretary of the Army during the Reagan administration and was named Army undersecretary in 1989, focusing on day-to- day management of Army operations.

Shannon, a native of Louisville, Ky., became acting Army secretary, the service’s top civilian position, when the Clinton administration took office on Jan. 20. President Clinton’s choice for Army secretary, Togo West, was confirmed by the Senate last month.

Hoehne said she was not aware of any criticism within the Pentagon over the hiring of Shannon. ″He has extensive logistics background and is eminently qualified,″ she said.

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