Changes to state hiring practices come with voter approval of Amendment S
DENVER – More flexibility within the state’s hiring practices is a major change that comes with the voter approval of Amendment S.
The amendment was passed Tuesday with 54 percent of the vote updating a personnel system that has not been touched in more than four decades.
Previous hiring processes for state workers had qualified applicants take a written test in which the top three scorers would be granted an interview. If the top three candidates did not do well in the interview or did not take the job, nobody was hired. The state was then required to wait six months to begin a new search.
With the changes enacted, the six-month waiting period is chopped, and six finalists will be allowed for a job rather than three.
Other adjustments to the personnel system allow temporary workers to be on the payroll for as long as nine months rather than six, and military veterans will get expanded preference in the hiring process giving them a higher chance of landing a state job out of service.
The amendment will also give governors the right to exempt up to 325 positions that are strictly merit positions governed by the existing rules, allowing these positions to be politically appointed rather than hired through usual channels. These positions include deputy department heads, spokespersons, human resource directors, and others within state departments.