AR-Sec. State: Martin Gives Pink Slips 10 Days Before Christmas

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From what we are hearing, twenty-two employees of the Secretary of State’s office were told by incoming Grinch Secretary Mark Martin that their services would not be needed come the new year.

UPDATE (8:45pm): I have not been able to confirm yet, but it seems that one of those fired today was Director of Special Programs Ann Clements.  Clements is a long-time state employee and was nine (9!) months away from retirement.

The others let go seem to consist mainly of lower- to mid-level Communications and Elections employees and, possibly, one attorney.