December 6th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Kitzhaber Recruits Saxtons, Issues Pink Slip List

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Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber today announced more members of his transition team.

Two of the most interesting names announced by the Democrat at a press event in Gladstone were Ron Saxton, former Portland School Board president and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee; and Lynne Saxton, Saxton's wife. She runs ChristieCare, a provider of children mental health services.

The Saxtons will work on education issues, while others named today will work on "outcomes-based management."

On Sunday night, Kitzhaber's point man on the transition, Port of Portland government affairs director Tom Imeson, provided more information about Kitzhaber's campaign pledge to shake up state agencies, sending out this email message to state agency directors:
From: Tom Imeson
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 8:59 PM

Tomorrow morning, Governor-Elect John Kitzhaber will announce the formation of several new transition work groups. He will also release the list of agency director whose resignations he is requesting. Because your agency is included in this list, he has asked me to relay the following message to you. Please let me know if you have any questions.


"As you know, I have stated that I intend to request letters of resignations from certain agency directors prior to taking office on January 10. My purpose is to insure that the State is led by a team that shares a common commitment to transforming Oregon government, with increased efficiency, productivity, transparency and accountability of state agencies and programs through outcomes-based management.

I have not made decisions about which resignations will be accepted. Those decisions will be made by February 10, during which time I will have the opportunity to meet with you and others to discuss priorities. My intention is to use this process in a positive way, to insure that individual agency directors and I share a common agenda, and that you get the opportunity to affirmatively sign up for continued state service.

You will note that the list does not include all state agencies or programs. Rather, it represents my immediate priorities for achieving a new compact for agency leaders. Over time, my goal is to have in place agreements with all state agency heads, whether they report directly to the Governor or to boards and commissions. These agreements will focus on the outcomes we will work to achieve on behalf of Oregonians, and the tools agency heads will have to achieve those outcomes."

The following agencies are included in this request:

Administrative Services
Business Development Department
Consumer & Business Services
Environmental Quality
Fish & Wildlife
Health Authority
Housing/Community Services
Human Services
Land Conservation & Development
Oregon University System
Parks & Recreation
Oregon State Police
Water Resources
Oregon Youth Authority
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