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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 7:16 p.m. MST

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tabuno
Clearfield, UT

I'm surprise that the State Auditor's Office would have so many state employees subject to appointment as opposed to merit civil service employees. Having so many employees at the personal whim of a partisan elected official creates a danger of arbitrary and political patronage manipulation of government services. Job descriptions that include objective performance criterion for employment dismissal is the accepted public service employment practice. For an office with more of a technical responsibility as opposed to policy responsibility it seems strange to allow the States Auditor so much leeway with so many positions. Such political power concentrated in the hands of one man raises questions in and of itself. But perhaps, with good intent, this new State Auditor may be able to retain the integrity of his office and ensure his new employees see to it that tax dollars are well spent in the public interest. We shall see. If so, the voters just happened to be lucky this time.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

House cleaning can be good. Administrative is the fourth branch of the government and often the most abusive, least responsive and very difficult to reform. Good for Dougall.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

A very good first step by the incoming auditor.

I think he will be shaking things up in other departments as well, and hopefully can lead an effort to reduce the bloated state bureaucracy, cutting state spending, and eventually reducing taxes.

We need the government to only do essential services that no other agency can do, not everything for everyone from conception to the grave. And, of course, only those tasks allowed by our state Constitution.

Unfortunate
Davis, UT

What a callous and unproductive thing to do. Humiliate them by forcing them to resign, leave them wondering if they would have a job in a very difficult economy, just to turn around and hire most of them back? What an insensitive and cruel power game. And especially right before Christmas. Not a good business technique. After giving these loyal individuals a chance and a thorough review, if some individuals needed to be let go, how about showing some compassion and doing it on an individual basis with a little notice and some decency. What a terrible way to start.

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