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No need to get rid of civil service rules -- Philip E. Klein

No need to get rid of civil service rules -- Philip E. Klein

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Republicans are creating shabby excuses for suddenly throwing out civil service rules that have promoted clean government in Wisconsin for over 100 years.

They want to make it easier to fire people. Does it really take too long? As a former supervisor and section chief, I had to document any worker problems in enough detail to assure it held up to the due process standard. What is not told about this process is that the first order of business is to correct any problems with proper re-training.

The lack of evidence for supporting this need is laughable. There is no problem to solve other than adequate documentation and assuring proper procedures are followed. One anecdote about a cook is just evidence of the people doing the hiring not doing their jobs, probably due to trying to hire someone too fast.

The claims that one agency actually interviewed 785 candidates to fill 31 positions are ridiculous. Interviews are usually done by three people and take about an hour per person. At about $30 per hour for the interviewers, this stupid agency spent almost $34,000 just to interview. If true, that would be obscene.

This claim should be investigated. Civil service rules certainly do not require interviewing all who pass the exam, only the top scorers. If only resumes are going to be used, the bill should be retitled "Dumb and Dumber."

-- Philip E. Klein, Madison

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