JACKSON – The cash-strapped Mississippi Department of Transportation met with members of the House Transportation Committee and other key legislators Thursday about removing civil service protection for its employees.
MDOT has about 3,088 employees who are covered by the Personnel Board, which is the method of providing civil service protection to state employees to ensure they are not fired for political reasons.
The Republican leadership of the state – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn – have touted removing civil service protection for state employees as a method to bring more efficiency to state government. Various officials, including many agency heads, have contended that it is difficult to fire employees or to reorganize agencies when employees are under the Personnel Board.