Seems like there are more and more perks to working for the state.
The News and Observer ran an article Monday describing the secrecy laws concerning state personnel. The policy in question shields from public view all but the most trivial information, regarding an employee’s hiring date, current position, the most recent pay changes, and whether or not their job has changed.
In short, we are allowed to see a Facebook page.
Maybe that was enough once.
But when we end up with police officers like Michael Steele who abuse their power to solicit sex from illegal immigrants, it seems logical to question a system that makes it possible. Especially when one considers that this isn’t an isolated incident. There have been other police incidents, and incidents concerning teachers, and the public has been left in the dark concerning any disorders or aspects of personal history that could have been considered as warning signs.
The state’s justification?
According to Ellis Hankins, “There are just sound personnel administration reasons for keeping some of those disciplinary actions and the reasons for the disciplinary actions confidential.”
For some actions, sure.
But when the consequences of those disciplinary actions are visited on us, the people, something has to give.
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