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Letter: Expertise lost

March 14, 2013

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To the editor:

It was interesting to read about the proposed bill that would eliminate the state’s classified employment system. This should not be a surprise to any current state employee. It appears to simply be a way to codify a practice that was introduced when Gov. Brownback took office. For the only time in my experience, at that time, all unclassified state employees were fired or forced into retirement and replaced by inexperienced friends and political allies of the administration. The amount of knowledge and agency experience that was lost was enormous.

Since that time I have seen one agency director create several unclassified support positions to provide employment for friends or relatives. None of the positions were open to experienced agency employees, and I am unaware of any interview process to attempt to determine qualifications.  

With the current system of filling jobs, qualified employees can see no likelihood that that hard work will lead to an opportunity for advancement unless they belong to the correct church, political party or circle of friends.

I find it sad to see a situation where a previously professional workforce is gradually being replaced by less than qualified political appointees, much to the detriment of the agencies.

Comments

Katara 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't recall Sebelius hiring folks whose degrees came from diploma mills and were highly unqualified for the position they were hired for.

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Kate Rogge 1 year, 1 month ago

"Many agencies needed to clean out some of the upper management to support the direction and philosophy of Secretary." Secretaries who are, by and large, hostile to the very agencies to which they were appointed (see who was appointed to handle state mental health hospitals and unemployment compensation processing, for examples).

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BigDog 1 year, 1 month ago

I know a large number of unclassified state employees who were not fired or forced into retirement when the adminstration changed. Any many are in no way Brownback supporters.

Most who were let go were upper management/supervisory level people. You cannot fix issues in the system/philosophies by just changing Secretaries. Many agencies needed to clean out some of the upper management to support the direction and philosophy of Secretary.

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Eybea Opiner 1 year, 1 month ago

"...all unclassified state employees were fired or forced into retirement and replaced by inexperienced friends and political allies of the administration."

Really? ALL unclassified state employees were fired or retired? I'll need to talk to my still-employed, non-classified, state employee spouse. I wonder where she goes each morning.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 1 month ago

Sebelius actually initiated a policy to replace classified employees with unclassified ones so it isn't really new.

True this takes it to extremes but where were you when Sebelius did it?

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