THURSTON: Cans ten staffers.

The D-G this morning adds a little detail to to our report from earlier this week on turnover at the Secretary of State’s office. In all, ten employees will not be retained when the incoming secretary of state, John Thurston, takes office in January.

As we reported on Monday, Thurston sent letters to those employees, dated Friday, Nov. 30, that read in part:


I regret to inform you that your employment with the Secretary of State’s office will end on January 14, 2019.

Thank you for your service to the Secretary of State’s office, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. 

The letter told the staffers to contact the Human Resources division by Monday with any questions and to complete exit paperwork. One staffer told us that they were told on Monday to pack up their belongings and leave that day.

The names of those terminated have not been made public.


Current Secretary of State Mark Martin elected to give the employees administrative leave with full pay and benefits until Thurston takes office in mid-January. Thurston, currently the Commissioner of State Lands, endorsed that decision, telling the D-G, “I think it just works better for everybody.”