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Forum explores responses to loss of city’s SRS office

I should add, Siedlecki has fired nearly all program directors and brought in people from Florida. Additionally, he fired nearly all of the directors in the regions that serve the communities. This has nothing to do with work performance, but this decision was done so that he could put in individuals that would support his agenda, nothing more. The new leadership, 90% from Florida, know nothing about Kansas or knowledge about SRS. While this approach and leadership may have worked in Florida for all these folks, I hope Kansans will make it clear that it just doesn't fly here.

July 24, 2011 at 10:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Forum explores responses to loss of city’s SRS office

I beg the media to continue to follow this and ask the important questions. I can tell you that state employees are fearful to speak out, as this administration does not respect one's right to do so, and it is likely that you will find yourself without a job. Please ask the following-
1. How many new positions Siedlecki has created in SRS Central Office to serve as mouthpieces for the conservative agenda. I can tell you, as an SRS employee, there are positions directly under him, likely all making 100,000 plus, that have never existed in the agency before (examples include the new chief of staff Jeff Kahrs, who exist so that the Secretary himself does not have to deal with staff. The new position of Deputy Secretary of Faith based initiatives, which....well don't get me started on, there are new positions that have been created to speak to the media and try to do damage control around what they are doing).
2. How much salary money is being used with the new top administrators in Central Office in SRS in comparison to previous administrations? I bet the difference would have said nearly all of the SRS offices that are set for closure.

While it is being claimed that these closures are being done to address a budget shortfall and a call to reduce administrative spending by one million dollars, please don't be mistaken that this money has been saved. It has just been relocated to the hands of a few, most of whom have come here from Florida to ride the Brownback train to Washington. These individuals know nothing about and care very little about Kansas itself.

Employees that have worked for the state for years indicate that this is the worst it has ever been. This new administration makes decisions and does not solicit feedback from the individuals in the communities in which SRS serves. They have come here with one agenda, and that has nothing to do with saving you money as a tax payer. Guaranteed.

July 24, 2011 at 10:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local officials continue efforts to prevent closure of SRS office

I should add, Siedlecki has fired nearly all program directors and brought in people from Florida. Additionally, he fired nearly all of the directors in the regions that serve the communities. This has nothing to do with work performance, but this decision was done so that he could put in individuals that would support his agenda, nothing more. The new leadership, 90% from Florida, know nothing about Kansas or knowledge about SRS. While this approach and leadership may have worked in Florida for all these folks, I hope Kansans will make it clear that it just doesn't fly here.

July 23, 2011 at 12:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local officials continue efforts to prevent closure of SRS office

I beg the media to continue to follow this and ask the important questions. I can tell you that state employees are fearful to speak out, as this administration does not respect one's right to do so, and it is likely that you will find yourself without a job. Please ask the following-
1. How many new positions Siedlecki has created in SRS Central Office to serve as mouthpieces for the conservative agenda. I can tell you, as an SRS employee, there are positions directly under him, likely all making 100,000 plus, that have never existed in the agency before (examples include the new chief of staff Jeff Kahrs, who exist so that the Secretary himself does not have to deal with staff. The new position of Deputy Secretary of Faith based initiatives, which....well don't get me started on, there are new positions that have been created to speak to the media and try to do damage control around what they are doing).
2. How much salary money is being used with the new top administrators in Central Office in SRS in comparison to previous administrations? I bet the difference would have said nearly all of the SRS offices that are set for closure.

While it is being claimed that these closures are being done to address a budget shortfall and a call to reduce administrative spending by one million dollars, please don't be mistaken that this money has been saved. It has just been relocated to the hands of a few, most of whom have come here from Florida to ride the Brownback train to Washington. These individuals know nothing about and care very little about Kansas itself.

Employees that have worked for the state for years indicate that this is the worst it has ever been. This new administration makes decisions and does not solicit feedback from the individuals in the communities in which SRS serves. They have come here with one agenda, and that has nothing to do with saving you money as a tax payer. Guaranteed.

July 23, 2011 at 12:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )