Archive for Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kan. agencies cope with fewer workers

December 10, 2011


— Kansas Department of Transportation officials say the loss of 152 employees to early retirement could make it more difficult to battle large snowstorms this winter.

The department lost the second-highest number of employees to the retirement program. It has received permission to fill about 36 positions and will consider using temporary employees.

Jerry Younger, deputy transportation secretary, tells The Topeka Capital-Journal that it might be difficult to find enough drivers for snowplows if a blizzard strikes a big area of Kansas. He says basic highway maintenance also has been affected by the employee losses.

The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services lost the most employees, when 344 agency people took early retirement. SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki said his agency’s work will not suffer because of the retirements.


jafs 6 years, 5 months ago

Of course.

Because those 344 people weren't doing anything at all.

God, these guys are amazing!

tunahelper 6 years, 5 months ago

What is orange and sleeps 3? A KDOT dump truck, of course.

KDOT is never happy, even though they are the biggest receipients of federal dollars.

mloburgio 6 years, 5 months ago

thanks sam and the republican party, maybe some retired legislators can come and help. Comparing pensions

A legislator retiring with an annualized pay of $85,820.52, and with 10 years' service, would have an annual KPERS benefit of $15,018.60, for a monthly benefit of $1,251.55, according to KPERS. If the retiring legislator had 20 years' service, the annual benefit would be $30,037.20, and monthly, $2,503.10.

The News asked some KPERS retirees about their pension benefits. Their answers varied widely.

A state employee who was a supervisor for juveniles on probation retired after 34 years with an annual benefit of about $25,000. A municipal wastewater treatment plant superintendent, with 24 years' service, estimated the earned benefit at $2,300 to $2,400 monthly.

A state social services worker in a supervisory role retired in 1995 after 15 years and draws a monthly KPERS benefit of $524. That is equal to the monthly benefit for a county-level commercial appraiser who retired at 65, vested at nine years with KPERS.


RegularJane 6 years, 5 months ago

KDOT workers deserve our thanks for doing a dangerous work. Many have lost their lives. They are not paid huge salaries either for their risk. I have yet to see KDOT workers doing anything but working--most of the time in extreme weather conditions. Kansas has a great highway system. Compared to other States, our roads and bridges are in excellent condition. Good highways equal jobs and development.

billbodiggens 6 years, 5 months ago

I worked for KDOT, nee State Highway Commission, some 35 to 40 years ago. Nothing but respect for those workers. Out there all hours of the day and night with low pay and not the best of equipment. Yet they maintain our highways better than any of the the surrounding states. They have to put up with a growing number of traveling fools, fools who act like they have never worked a day out in the sun and the wind and never had to keep an eye out for someone trying to kill them with their speed and just carelessness. The kind of fools that simply do not have the ability to understand the difficulties and dangers involved. Fools traveling the highways who seem to think things fix themselves and the highway workers are just in the way. Well, the truth of the matter is those who complain are just in the way and often very dangerous. Too bad there is no IQ test for a driver's license.

Liberty275 6 years, 5 months ago

We have a 4wd and an AWD. Leave the snow on the streets, it makes no difference to us.

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