Jefferson City, MO— Linda Martinez has been laid off as Missouri‘s economic development director after only eight months on the job. She decided to lay herself off due to economic pressures and in an effort to reduce overhead on the Show-Me State.
Martinez, the first woman to hold the position, told Governor Jay Nixon that Missouri’s economic situation was too strapped to afford her salary and that eliminating her position would be a great cost saving move for taxpayers. Nixon said a search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately and added he would prefer to hire a candidate willing to work for half the pay of the previous director’s salary. It may be that an intern is selected to take over the duties associated with reviving the states’ economic and financial health.
Nixon said in a statement. “Her efforts to create jobs and to give the department increased economic development tools was really an uphill battle. We’re in the worst economic slump since the Great Depression. After state advertising budgets were slashed, effectively stunting the growth of tourism, Martinez did what any good samurai would – fall upon her own sword. I wish her success in her return to private practice, I hope that she can find work soon with the assistance of the Missouri Career Center.”
Martinez is accepting resume help at this time and is asking friends and family members if they know of any states who are needing an economic development director because, “(she) can’t find that job title listed in the help wanted section of the newspaper, Monster or CareerBuilder.”
Missouri’s unemployment rate in August was a dizzying 9.3%. Missouri lost 3,300 jobs in local government that month “three thousand three hundred and one,” said Martinez.
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