are our greatest asset

I take the obligation to invest in employees as a fundamental commitment and the best means to ensure we are successful in all that we do.

Investing in People

To get the best results in all that we do – education, healthcare, safety and infrastructure – government needs to ensure that personnel systems are geared to investing in people and maximizing productivity.

As more than half of all state spending is in the form of employee compensation, Ken has spent the last three years investing in people, formally reclassifying 75% of positions in the State Treasurer’s Office to better align organizational priorities with personal skills and development.

Employees and supervisors now participate semi-annually in meaningful, peer-to-peer discussions as part of a thoughtful strategic planning process and personnel review system, neither of which existed when he came to office.

In a second term, Ken would like to complete the final steps of a strategic realignment of the Office of the State Treasurer and the full implementation of performance metrics and benchmarking in the planning process.

Embraced by the Governor’s Efficiency and Accountability Review Board (GEAR), performance-based planning and budgeting is a critical initiative statewide. Inside the Treasurer’s Office, this effort is being spearheaded by one of the positions Ken has reclassified to be a full-time Director of Planning and Performance Management.

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Find out more about how Ken is realigning human potential with the goals and priorities of the Office in his newsletter Creating a Performance-Driven Culture: “A New Order of Things.”

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