Transition Creating Job Uncertainty

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - When Bob Martinez was elected governor in 1986, Gene Adams’s job as a young lawyer for then outgoing Governor Bob Graham was on the line.

“I’m trying to think about setting up my own law firm,” Adams said then.

Opening his own law firm paid off for Adams. Today he is a successful lawyer for a large corporate law firm and says transitions have a way of making people push the envelope.

“Sometimes I think it forces you to go out and stretch your limits and do things you might not feel comfortable doing,” Adams said.

Even receptionists are subject to being replaced by new administrations.

There are almost 400 people alone who work for the governor and all of them are without job security.

Kevin Cate spent most of the last four years working for the CFO. He is one of hundreds of communications specialists whose jobs are on the line. Instead of waiting for someone to determine his fate though, Cate is branching out, just as Adams did more than two decades ago.

“A lot of us are looking for jobs right now, that is right,” Cate said. “I’m choosing to go to the private sector to start my own firm but there are a lot of folks looking to stay in government, to be a public servant. And right now that’s a tough position to be in.”

One upside of the upheaval is the real estate market, at least in Tallahassee.

“I think we will gain some,” realtor Penny Herman said. “However there are a lot of people who can’t sell their houses where they are coming from, so that might play into it.”

The Governor-elect campaigned on cutting 5 percent of the state workforce, which is adding even more uncertainty to state government.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    It's funny they always look to "cut soc sec", "cut medicare"...cut positions of middle income people...but they never want to cut the salaries of the dead wood in the Capitol -- you know, the LEGISLATORS. Those are part/time jobs for gosh sakes. Cut their salaries. We have enough laws as it is. Send them home for 2 years. I promise we won't miss them. They used to only meet every other year in the 1960s anyway. They are an appendage we don't need right now.
  • by Tally Boy Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    Whiskey needs another drink.
  • by state Location: tally on Dec 7, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    @whiskey- facebook are on cellphones nowadays so they can block whatever they want to. I'm a state worker and at times there is a lot of work done, but a lot of the time there isn't. It needs to be run as a business. HOWEVER I don't know where he thinks these jobs are just gonna pop out of. Some things just need time.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    Whiskey, If you were a state worker, you would know that Facebook may be blocked by most agencies, but at least on does use Facebook. DEM has a Facebook page. And they utilize it on the state network.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Facebook is not blocked by all Agencies. In fact I know of at least one high profile one that has a facebook page (DEM)
  • by lobohart Location: Gadsden County on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    Gator, Tally, middle mgr, maybe you will all get your wish with all state employees gone and everything done by contract at over twice the price. After we are gone and before the contractors take over, you all will need to figure out who to call to fix roads, keep the prisoners locked up and fed, where and how are you going to get your unemployment check and all the thousands of other things that we do that yall don't appreciate. Be careful what you WISH for, you might GET IT.
  • by whiskey Location: here on Dec 7, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Tally and Middle, I suspect you are bogus posters pretending to be state workers. Middle, if you were a state worker, you'd know Facebook access is blocked on the networks. Tally, you must not have much experience with actual state workers, because young and old, my experience is a lot of state workers are actually OVERworked and UNDERpaid due to all of the previous cuts. If good service is what you want, you can't cut too much closer to the bone or you are liable to tax the system so much that productivity will go down, not up. You will have workers with such a backlog of work that any desired results will take a while to achieve.
  • by gatorgirl Location: fla on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    Well to the middle mgr right now you all need to worry about job security. Some upper mgt need to go. DMs is the first that needs to go. Upper mgt is not excempt. So it doesn't matter if your young or old. Everyone who works with the state can go. I hope that Scott finds a way to cut less for eveyone. God bless all that may lose their jobs and help them find another one.
  • by Middle Manager Location: Tallahassee on Dec 6, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    My experience as a manager of state employees was that the older workers were more productive. Many of the young employees spent more time texting and posting on Facebook than actually performing work. New and younger blood is not always better.
  • by Tally Boy Location: Guess on Dec 6, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    Sorry- I work for the state and you could cut 25% and still have no effect on service because there is so much waste it's not funny. The problem is the long standing career service employees that are only there to pick up a paycheck and produce nothing. In a sense many state jobs are just an extention of the welfare system.
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