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Keith calls MoDOT job cuts painful, but needed

Keith calls MoDOT job cuts painful, but needed

November 28th, 2011 in News

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.

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.