PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed Monday to modernize the state’s personnel system by providing online job applications and streamlining what he said is an inefficient and unwieldy professional classification system.
The independent governor on Monday released a report concluding that the state’s human resources system needs significant improvements. Chafee said his administration will work with representatives from organized labor to streamline the system over the next few years.
‘‘We’re going to work collaboratively to have the best state system we can,’’ Chafee said. ‘‘There is room for improvement. Let’s do it the right way.’’
State worker compensation and benefits are often based on a convoluted system that divides the state’s 13,000 jobs into 1,700 different classifications. The large number of classifications means that two state workers could have different compensation or prospects for advancement even if they work the same job. The state has eight different job descriptions for janitorial positions alone.
Chafee said online job applications are another goal. Right now, applicants for state jobs can find openings online but have to submit paper-based applications.
The report also recommends a reorganization of the state’s human resources department, which has seen its number of employees drop from 169 positions in 2005 to about 100 now.
Overall, Rhode Island state government has about 1,000 fewer positions than it did in 2005.