OJA Employees Receive RIF Notice

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association on Thursday received notice of an impending reduction-in-force (RIF) for the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

A memorandum from OJA Executive Director Gene Christian says due to budget shortfalls, the RIF will abolish up to 41 occupied positions at the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs, as well as two positions at the central office in Oklahoma City.

Employees in the following job families may be reduced: Social Services Inspector; Customer Service Representative; Institutional Program Coordinator; Training Specialist; Administrative Technician; Administrative Assistant; Chaplain; Construction/Maintenance Technician; Housekeeping/Custodial Worker; Electrician; Human Resources Management Specialist; Human Resources Program Manager; Material Management Specialist; Psychological Clinician; Food Service Specialist; Juvenile Security Officer; Youth Guidance Specialist; Alcohol/Drug Counselor; Recreational Therapist and Juvenile Justice Specialist. The memo also says: “Because those occupying a position to be abolished may have displacement rights, other job families maybe affected.”

The final number of positions to be abolished is contingent upon the number of staff in the affected positions who accept a voluntary buyout offer.

The RIF will become effective June 30, 2010.

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