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Appointees can reapply, Nez says


There is no guarantee “political at-will” employees from the Begaye-Nez administration will keep their jobs but they are welcome to reapply, said President-elect Jonathan Nez.

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Jonathan Nez

This includes division directors, all the president’s office staff and executive appointees who must submit applications to the Nez-Lizer transition team or plan on leaving their posts.

“Every single position that is politically appointed is going to be required to submit a letter of interest and resume and go through an interview process,” said Nez. “I am open to current staff as well as the rest of the professionals out there.” Nez said while there is Navajo preference, non-Navajos can apply. “Everyone’s welcome to send in their resume for consideration,” added Nez. “We’re interviewing for the ‘best person for the job’ in terms of experience, education, knowledge, and heart for serving the Navajo people.”

Politically appointed directors, who are members of the president’s office’s cabinet, earn between $72,000 and a whopping $225,000 –Pearline Kirk, the controller, holds that top salary spot, which is over four times the amount the president makes at $55,000.

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