Surrounded by a sea of blue the commission announced it went outside the department and hired David Purdy. At the time, two major hurdles stood in the way the background check and the contract. As of today, neither of the issues has been resolved. But Purdy's not worried. "This is very typical they want to make sure they take all the steps they need to avoid scrutiny and that's understandable. I certainly respect that. When you stop and consider how many places I've been hired. You know I've passed every one of them." As for the background check, the commission felt confident he would pass it considering the thorough background checks the government does on its state department employees.