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.
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.
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.
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.