A Bay Area government worker tasked with writing an exorbitantly expensive Santa Clara County government history book is under fire after the Mercury News discovered that a significant portion of the manuscript had been plagiarized from multiple sources, including his own publication, Wikipedia, SFGATE, the History Channel, the Washington Post, and a number of other local and national news outlets.
Jean McCorquodale, president of McCorquodale Corporation and wife of former county supervisor and state senator Dan McCorquodale, has worked for the county since 1995. Her duties included completing grant applications and related duties before becoming the sole author county grant. from 2009 to 2014, reported the Mercury News. Her contract was later renewed and she was put in charge of the history book project in 2018, an endeavor delayed for two years. The county has reportedly paid him at least $2.45 million since 2009.