Few DES Employees Fired Under Jeffries To Be Offered Jobs Back

Jeffries. the only Director to have visited every DES site in the state. Pictured here at the Navajo Nation.

On Friday, officials announced that of the nearly 500 Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) employees who left the Department as part of an overhaul by former Director Tim Jeffries, only 267 asked for their jobs back and of those, only 40 will be allowed to return.

Megan Rose, Director of Communications for the Arizona Department of Administration sent an email out announcing the news. She wrote:

Today, the Arizona Department of Administration has finalized its determinations regarding the review of individual cases of involuntarily separated employees. Below is our statement, which you can attribute to me.

“In late October, the Governor’s Office directed the Arizona Department of Administration Human Resources Division (ADOA HRD) to review cases of individuals who believed they were improperly separated from employment. The Department took this matter very seriously and thoroughly reviewed each case individually.

We received 267 emails requesting review. All cases that were submitted via email during the review period have been carefully evaluated by the HRD team at ADOA. There were 40 individuals that we determined were separated in a manner that did not follow the best practices of ADOA HRD. These individuals will be contacted over the next week, before the end of the year, with an offer of re-hire at DES into their previous position, if available. If that position is filled or no longer exists, we will work to place them in a comparable position for which they are qualified. At a minimum, they will receive their previous salary.

In the remainder of the cases, ADOA HRD determined the agency decision stands. All individuals will be contacted before the new year with our determinations.”

Jeffries had received instructions from the Governor when he agreed to take the DES leadership position to figure “out a way to eliminate the worst 10% of any category” of employee in the department. Jeffries reached little over 6 percent.

Related article: Arizona’s Poor Lost When Jeffries Was Axed

As Ray Stern of the Phoenix News Times notes in his article, “Although Ducey’s office appeared to condone the terminations until they became fodder for a media feeding frenzy, the governor directed the ADOA to set up hotline in October for aggrieved terminated employees and a procedure via which they could try to get rehired.”

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  1. Happy Holidays Tim Jeffries and Sue Santee. JESUS CHRIST was there for me when you hurt me. I trust in him.

  2. I attended a DES Town Hall meeting where Gov.Ducey spoke. I was presented with flowers, hugged by the govenor, who also THANKED me for raising my son with honesty, integrity and vision. Director J proceeded with the job requested and to also reduce personned by 10% at DES. Tim proceeded to restructure DES, build morale that had a positive effect on employees and clients (the poor.)He succeeded! I should have been notified by the governor(who was receiving political pressure),to ask my son to resign with dignity. FOR SHAME to fire him after your approval to him on his performance! He and his executive staff were escorted out of the building by armed guards. Governor, disgracing him in the entire media world? WHY? My first spoken caution to my son about accepting a political office was “don’t do it” because integrity doesn’t prevail in those you report to. My son walks TALLER for what he did for DES and for he is STILL a man of honesty, integrity and a good christian. I am his mother and I approve of his actions.

  3. Arizona DES = Arizona Department of Economic Security, the primary social services agency in the State of Arizona

  4. I sure hope that this ex-employee (aka BULLY) is not rehired!!

    From: DES HR
    Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:17 PM
    To: Timothy Jeffries
    Cc: Relevant DES Executives
    Subject: RE: Loved my job. . . .now don’t know what I am going to do. . .

    Good afternoon Director J.,
    (The ex-employee in question) was elevated to be exited based on her rude, hostile and unprofessional comments to other colleagues, as well as performance deficiencies. I have attached our synopsis for your complete review but I wanted to highlight a couple of substantiated examples are:
    • (The ex-employee in question) admittedly stated to her supervisor, when speaking about the quality case reader, ‘I want to ring my case reader’s neck….the case reader is anal and I might as well shove my cane up her ass.’
    • Concerns regarding (the ex-employee in question) interaction with colleagues was being discussed with her by her office manager. During the meeting (The ex-employee in question) stated she ‘Feels like everyone else here is just waiting time, are snot-nosed kids’, while pumping her fists in the air in anger.
    • (The ex-employee in question) stated to her manager, regarding other colleagues, ‘I am sick of all these babies telling what to do, when they are still wet behind the ears and I would like to put them over my knee.’

    Her violations of the TRIAD and lack of remorse, as well as performance issues and resistance to coaching toward improvement were of great concern and led to her exit.

    Please let me know if you would like any additional information or details.

    Have a great day!
    Human Resources Administrator

  5. From the “Fact Are Our Friends,” I note the following:

    1) At DES, we reduced the size of the workforce by 2% (approx. 7,700 to 7,500) in line with the Governor Ducey’s initiative to reduce the overall size of government.
    2) At DES, 475 employees (approx. 6%) were exited in line with Governor Ducey’s third expectation in his “8 Leadership Traits” memo to “weed out” the worst 10%.
    3) The overall demographics of the 475 DES employees that were exited were in line with the overall demographic percentages of DES. Only poor performers and bad actors were targeted.
    4) Per 2012 Personnel Reform, no reason is required for the release of an AT WILL employee yet legitimate reasons were still necessary for terminations during my directorship.
    5) Every former AT WILL employee who was exited had the individual option to file legal action as the individual deemed appropriate.
    6) Only one former AT WILL employee filed a legal claim, and she eventually withdrew her suit.
    7) When I commenced my directorship approx. 1,800 employees were COVERED employees; when I concluded my work approx. 350 employees were covered employees.
    8) My recollection is that during my directorship approx. 25 covered folks retired, and approx. 25 covered employees were exited.
    9) Every COVERED employee who was exited had the individual option to file a grievance with the State Personnel Board.
    10a) Only two former COVERED employees filed a termination grievance with the State Personnel Board, and the two DES actions were sustained.
    10b) I heard one of the terminated covered employees was rehired which means ADOA overruled the State Personnel Board’s prior ruling sustaining the termination.
    11) Overall, approx. former 1,400 covered folks continue to work at DES, and are eligible for annual merit payments (which is awesome for them and their families).
    12) It will be interesting to review the list of the folks who will be offered jobs. I will not recognize every name. However, I will recognize some, and the some I recognize are ones that were terminated with a good reason or two or three or four…

  6. I only hope that they do not rehire the ones that take a coffee break, because it is time too, while there are 30, 40, 50 people waiting in line to get help.

  7. Who is the puppeteer pulling the governors strings. there must be somebody because no real leader could be so ambivalent and erratic in his decision making.

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