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Governor Bill Richardson Issues Directive Regarding State Employee Leave Without Pay

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Location: Santa Fe, NM

Governor Bill Richardson today announced he is implementing a new policy for Executive Departments and Agencies regarding employee leave without pay. The new policy requires Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Directors to get the approval of the State Personnel Office on all requests for extended leave without pay.

In addition, Governor Richardson has directed Economic Development Secretary Fred
Mondragon to reverse his recent decision allowing a classified employee within the department extended leave without pay to work on a political campaign.

"I don't believe this type of extended leave without pay sends the right message to the public or state employees," Governor Richardson said. "Budget cuts combined with my hiring freeze have created high vacancy levels within state government and bigger workloads for state employees. We should not be requiring those employees to pick up even more work for employees who could otherwise be doing their jobs."

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