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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 17, 2013
DMV says it hasn't given employees second paid positions

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Although CalPERS thought otherwise, a Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman said today that DMV doesn't give its employees dual positions in the department to ease workloads.

During interviews and email exchanges with The Bee for today's report on CalPERS salaried managers earning extra money for hourly work, a fund spokesman said officials there believed that the practice is "relatively common" among state employers.

Brad Pacheco said the retirement system's human resources staff thought that DMV and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had previously used so-called "second appointments," while the Department of Social Services and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development currently do it.

So we contacted those departments and asked whether they have given managers or hourly employees second jobs.

DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza said this afternoon, "No, we don't participate in a second-appointment program. And it would be rank-and-file if we did."

The department has no record of previous additional appointments, she said.

Watch for more reports as the other three departments respond to our inquiries.

PHOTO: CalPERS' Sacramento headquarters / 2008 Sacramento Bee file

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