Ex-deputy’s raise riles state insurance office staff

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Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:15 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon May 5, 2014.

Even in these hard times, when raises are out of the question for countless workers, an already well-paid state employee can still get a 10 percent pay increase.

She can even land the higher salary for a job that was never posted, even though the position was changed from exempt status to classified. Classified jobs typically are opened to competition so the state can advertise for a pool of applicants and then hire the best one.

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  • Tim R. Herrera posted at 10:40 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    timrherrera Posts: 15

    Jolene is the same person that in 2012 along with Charlene Kniphing (Dick's wife), that brought down a bunch of Correction's staff in State Vehicles to Angelina's Resteraunt in Espanola for a 3 hour lunch. This even made Charlene's husbands newscast. It didn't hurt her career that she was dating Manny Aragon during the Richardson Administration days. It's amazing what people will do to further their careers. As someone mentioned people like her, from the corrupt Richardson days still lurk in the sewers of State Government as protected classified employees from being Exempt ones. Injustice will always exist in Government. So all this raise scandal is not surprising.

  • Marc Lord posted at 9:57 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Marc Lord Posts: 2

    El Jefe has spoken!

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 7:21 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Good for her congratulations! [smile]

  • Fred Stokes posted at 4:35 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 94

    Our current governor is beginning to exceed Richardson at this type of ****.. This destroys morale and leaves the next Superintendent with an entitled political appointee that he/she can't fire.

    Martinez ran on a promise of cleaning up corruption which she broke from Day 1.

    If the GOP is dumb enough to nominate her for GOP VP, they will lose many voters as the national media uncovers this sort of stuff and more. It is a simple rule -- don't ever nominate some who has escaped serious media attention.

  • Ginny Vigil posted at 11:58 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    GVigil Posts: 14

    Not surprised! Santa Fe's Solid Waste Dept. could use a little bit of investigating as well. Lots of dirty underhanded dealings going on there. Just ask any of their front line workers.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:42 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1687

    Friends of Bill Richardson always seem to land on their feet, don't they?


  • Joe Montoya posted at 9:41 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 78

    It's the same practically every where in federal, State, County and Municipal government, where it's not what you know that can get you places, but who you know. Franchini and Jolene can say anything to justify the raise and the re-classsification; but is just another every day movida that occurs every so often. Such movidadas do not do anything to promote efficiency and morale in government operations!!!


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