The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 31, 2013
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Our column in today's Bee and Wednesday's news report take a look at "additional appointments" in state government, using new job data from the State Controller's Office. The practice allows employees, including salaried staff such as managers, to work a second job within a department and earn hourly wages for it.

The data, embedded below, are listed in alphabetical order by department and grouped by individual employee. A state worker's primary position is a white row followed by his or her additional appointment in the highlighted row.

The spreadsheet reflects non-rank-and-file employees whose job record includes at least one additional appointment within the same department on Jan. 11.

The base pay column shows an employee's salary rate before furloughs or premium pay. The salary total column shows what the position pays after it's adjusted for furloughs or premium pay.

(Some departments entered the base and salary for the additional appointment positions at a monthly rate. Others reported those jobs using an hourly base. And some showed a monthly base pay and then an hourly salary total.)

The data do not include what employees were actually paid for their additional appointments.

The numbers aren't perfect. For example, the list shows a DMV Manager III has a second appointment as a custodian for the department, but he hasn't worked that job since he first joined the state more than two decades ago. Apparently the position was never dropped from the employee's profile and so it shows up here as a second position.

Of 571 individuals represented on the list, 15 employees held three or four additional appointment titles when the controller took the statistical snapshot. The rest had one additional title.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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