Classified staff vote to leave state civil service to become university support staff

With 231 of 308 eligible employees voting, classified staff at Fort Hays State University voted Tuesday by a 187-44 margin to leave the state civil service system to become support staff employed directly by the university.

Patricia Duffey, secretary-treasurer of the university's Classified Senate, said in an email announcing the results that a support staff handbook "will now be presented to the Kansas Board of Regents for approval."

"Once approved," she said, "a committee along with the HR Office will begin developing the next steps."

Those next steps include updating descriptions of positions and salary levels, creating an evaluation form, appointing a disciplinary hearing board, developing training materials and setting a schedule for the conversion.

The change will take effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins June 8, 2014.

For more information, contact Randy Kitzman, Classified Senate president, at 785-628-4228 or by email to

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