SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Data reviewed by The Sacramento Bee shows that more than two dozen departments are still using retired executives to fill some of the highest-paying positions in state government.
The newspaper reports that despite an edict by the Brown administration last year to remove nearly all the retirees from the state workforce, an internal Department of Human Resources report showed in February that there were 75 retirees working in 26 departments holding so-called “career executive assignments.”
More than a third of those positions were in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A corrections official says using retirees at the executive level provides much-needed skill and experience for the department.
But the state correctional officers union, the Bureau of State Audits and several former human resources managers interviewed by The Bee question whether these high-level retired annuitants are doing the work that goes with the title and the pay.