Letters: Re-classifications should be reconsidered
6:56 a.m. EST December 12, 2016
Laura Leslie of WRAL recently reported that the Legislature may introduce a bill in the upcoming special session to reduce the number of state employees subject to reclassification as political appointees from 1,500 to 300.
The need for this bill comes from a law passed in 2012 (by the 2012 Republican majority in anticipation of McCrory’s win) that increased the number of state employees subject to reclassification from 300 to 1,500.
Now with McCrory gone, the Republicans may move to protect McCrory’s 1,300 appointees to these positions. However, a review of these positions suggests that there are few Republicans in them.
Here’s one example of the many positions deemed ‘important to McCrory’s administration’: “Vehicle/Equipment Repair Supervisor” administration, making $44,000 a year.
So why did McCrory reclassify this position ‘important’ to his administration?
My best guess is that the purpose of reclassifying this position was to defend McCrory’s reclassification of similar positions. Positions like the “Environmental Program Supervisors” at DENR.
One of those positions was filled by Amy Adams, whose hand you see in the Dan River spill photo.
She and the ‘Vehicle/Equipment’ employee had similar incomes.
Thankfully, a recent ruling in Vincoli vs. State restored state employees’ rights to contest their arbitrary reclassification.
Joe Vincoli, Clemmons