Here’s an email that was sent from Bruce Botelho, the Walker-Mallott transition coordinator, to professionally exempt and partially exempt employees, requesting resignation letters to be delivered by next Friday, Nov. 28. As is pointed out by Botelho, the letters are customary in new administrations and acceptance is not automatic, As I understand it, however, the normal process is that the incoming governor makes the request of the incumbent to solicit such letters. For some reason, this wasn’t done here.
Here’s the letter:
Message from Bruce Botelho, Walker-Mallott Transition Coordinator:
On December 1, 2014, Governor-elect Bill Walker will be sworn into office. Prior to and immediately after this date, he will be making personnel decisions concerning the staffing of Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Director, Deputy Director, Special Assistant and other professional level exempt and partially exempt positions in his administration.
A preliminary and customary step in the transition between administrations is the request for resignation letters. In keeping with that custom, I ask that you submit your resignation from state employment in writing to the address noted below by November 28, 2014. Please make your resignation effective upon acceptance by the Walker-Mallott administration. Of course, no action on your letter will be taken before the transition.
Acceptance of your resignation will not be automatic and consideration will be given to your statement of interest (if any) in continuing in your current or another state position. Please also include your e-mail and phone contact so that you can be reached to discuss your status directly.
We understand that transitions are a time of uncertainty and great personal stress. We will endeavor to reach individual determinations on an expedited basis. Finally, we wish to express our appreciation for your service to the people of Alaska. We trust that you found it rewarding and that it will prove to be a solid foundation for your future endeavors.