Amendment S gains voter approval to change Colorado personnel system

Election 2012

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— A measure that would give the state more flexibility in its hiring practices was projected to win Tuesday night.

Amendment S would change the state charter, allowing as many as six finalists for a job, allowing temporary workers to work as long as nine months and allowing job applicants to live within 30 miles of the Colorado border.

With 43 percent of the precincts reporting statewide, Amendment S was leading with 56 percent of votes to 44 percent.

The amendment would give governors the right to exempt as many as 325 positions — or about 1 percent of the state workforce under the personnel system — that now are strictly merit positions governed by the existing rules, allowing these positions to be appointed politically.

Among those who could be exempt are deputy directors, legislative liaisons, chief financial officers, personnel directors, executive assistants, public information officers and certain other employees.

Read the full story at The Denver Post's website.

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