Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nixon to slash 150 state Jobs

David Lieb , Missouri Political Correspondent for the Associated Press launched this bombshell today:

Jefferson City -- Gov.-elect Jay Nixon issued pink slips to about 150 state employees Wednesday, ending their jobs the moment he takes office next week.

The termination letters were sent primarily to employees in Cabinet-level, senior staff or policy-making positions, said Nixon spokesman Oren Shur.

The form letters tell employees they will be out of a job as of noon Monday -- the hour at which Nixon, a Democrat, is to be sworn in as the successor to Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.

In December, Nixon's gubernatorial transition team sent letters to about 600 employees whose jobs were not covered by the state merit system. Those letters asked employees to either justify their jobs or lose them.

Employees were directed to submit their resumes and cover letters through an Internet site. The Web site also asked them to describe their current job duties, their qualifications and "the importance of your current position to the mission of your agency."

Shur said Wednesday that Nixon's transition team reviewed all the applications of employees wanting to keep their jobs before sending out the termination letters.

Nixon said in an interview Tuesday that he also intends to rescind scores of appointments made by Blunt that would otherwise be awaiting Senate confirmation. Some people may get re-nominated by Nixon but many will not.

"I would expect that a new day will be noticeable," Nixon sai

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