Here’s a nice, clear contrast in leadership for you. Last Thursday, Gov. Bill Ritter sent out a press release announcing ways to save state taxpayers money. First on the list:
Implementing a hiring freeze for the Executive Branch effective Oct. 1.
For those doing the math, that left a few extra days to give all departments notice to fill all open positions.
In 2002, then-Gov. Bill Owens, also facing a fiscal crunch, issued an executive order with a similar purpose:
Pursuant to C.R.S. Â§ 24-2-102(4), I order a hiring freeze applicable to state government. This hiring freeze is effective immediately. [emphasis added]
It will be interesting to see how many last-minute hires came in before Bill Ritter’s “slow freeze” went into effect.