Excessive state job protections unneeded

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 20, 2013

Around half the employees at the Tourism and Recreation Department, one agency affected by SB 1124, are already at-will workers. Things seem to be working fine. Why should there suddenly be a problem if 100 percent of tourism employees become at-will?

Furthermore, merit-protection regulations didn't end cronyism. Around 70 percent of Department of Health positions are classified jobs, yet that agency was embroiled in a “ghost employee” scandal several years ago. At least five ex-legislators and 21 relatives of former or current legislators were on the department's payroll at that time.

Granting agency directors greater flexibility in staff management should be a net positive. We doubt many Oklahomans will pity government workers whose job security is changed to simply mirror their own.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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