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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 31, 2011
From the notebook: Corrections has cut a fifth of executive jobs

Thumbnail image for notebook-thumb-216x184-9328.jpgWe never get all of what we learn into a news story, but this blog can give users the data, the notes and the quotes from the notebook that informed what was published.

Prior to our Saturday Q&A with Matt Cate, secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, we conducted several interviews with CDCR management. One of the questions that we asked during those discussions: With all of the job cutting at CDCR, how many Career Executive Assignments and exempt employee jobs has the department cut?

The department checked and got back to us. Here's the answer from part of an email sent last week by CDCR spokesman Paul Verke:

In the interview with (CDCR's Chief of the Office of Personnel Services) Robert Downs yesterday, you asked if CDCR had cut management positions (in lieu of the large list of the AB 109 phase 1 targeted position reduction list posted on the Internet). We responded and that CDCR had been in the process of overall reduction for the past 2 Fiscal Years, and that we would get you the total # of positions cut recently, today. Here is the list, from Personnel:

"October 2009 CDCR had 262 CEA/Exempt positions. In October 2011 we now have 211 CEA/Exempt positions which is a decrease of 51 CEA/Exempt positions within the last 2 years."

Click here to open Corrections' Layoff Resources webpage, for the latest department information about open positions, jobs slated for elimination, transfer opportunities and more.

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