Colorado thaws out state hiring freeze |

Colorado thaws out state hiring freeze

DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter approved 326 new hires or promotions in three months despite a state hiring freeze that started in late September.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Ritter’s office received 371 applications for exemptions to the hiring freeze, with nearly 90 percent of them approved that could cost the state more than $12 million.

The governor’s office estimates it has saved the state $12 million by freezing 463 spots.

The freeze does not apply to health and safety positions or other jobs serving an “essential state function.”

Approved exemptions however included seasonal potato inspectors, contract lobbyists and a lottery ticket salesperson.

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