The administration of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who is not expected to seek re-election as he fights federal corruption charges, has moved more than 40 politically appointed employees into competitive union positions that will protect them from being fired when a new county executive takes office in January.
While past county executives have shuffled a handful of appointees into vacant competitive jobs before they left office, this is the first time that an administration has reclassified the job titles of large blocs of political appointees, preventing them from being easily replaced.
The reclassified employees include 12 deputy county attorneys taking new competitive assistant county attorney titles, with their resume of experience substituting for normal hiring tests, officials said. Some 26 community service representatives, whose jobs have been a traditional slot to place patronage employees, also were reclassified.
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