It seems that many in the media like to denigrate government employees. They sort of forget where all their services come from. Especially in the bullseye are exempt employees who have left other pursuits to work in public service for elected officials. They serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Are some of them political payoff jobs? Yes, some are. But most of these jobs require management skills and policy knowledge. The people who hold these jobs are smart and dedicated and yet they are treated with incredible disrespect by talk radio and editorial pages.
In a few weeks many of these exempt employees will be out on the street as Governor Martinez brings in her own crew. This is how it works and no one should complain. These exempt employees knew this could happen when they took their jobs. Now, they are going to scramble along with many others in finding ways to support their families. It will be a stressful time. I know because I have been there several times in my life. It will be especially hard to find work in this recession.
I would like to thank them for their public service. Working in government is not easy and overall they served the public well. They have solid experience and institutional knowledge that can be tapped again someday.