Re "Clues sifted in dual-jobs controversy" (The State Worker, March 14): My praise to Jon Ortiz and The Bee for reporting on the disturbing practice of dual-job appointments by at least 83 separate departments of the state of California.
How so many departments can favor permanent staff, some at the manager level, with additional paid shift work is at best unethical or worse contrary to labor laws. Also, if extra work actually exists why not hire new workers, permanent or part time, to help reduce the unemployment rate and give other folks a chance at a good job?
This also raises some concern about the leadership qualities of those managers making dubious dual-job appointments and those managers accepting them. I'm pleased to know that the Human Resources Department has suspended these appointments and begun a detailed review of this matter. I hope this will lead to better government accountability and economy.
-- Michael E. Paddock, Sacramento