Keith calls MoDOT job cuts painful, but needed

Just under one-fourth of the state Transportation Department employees who have kept jobs, or gotten new ones, under “Bolder Five-Year Direction” restructuring plan have had to take demotions and pay cuts.

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In the first round of staffing decisions under the plan, “a total of 166 employees were placed into a lower-level position,” according to Sally Oxenhandler, MoDOT’s customer relations manager. Those decisions involved 482 employees — salary grade 17 through 21-level managers — placed into positions either through appointment or following a competitive selection process.

As of last Wednesday, Oxenhandler noted, “110 of those (166) employees have accepted a lower-level position within the department (while) the remaining 56 employees have either left the department or are still working through the competitive process to secure a permanent position.”

Also, she said, “Out of this 166 employees, 17.47 percent were eligible for retirement by Dec. 1, 2011.”

She did not report how many of those eligible for retirement still were seeking to stay with MoDOT.

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