More than 300 employees of Secretary of State Jesse White are being offered an incentive to leave their jobs by the end of the year.

More than 300 employees of Secretary of State Jesse White are being offered an incentive to leave their jobs by the end of the year.

Letters have been mailed to all employees with 30 or more years of service credit, White spokesman Dave Druker said. It says the office will pay a lump sum of $5,000 to anyone in that group who agrees to quit working in the office by Jan. 1.

"We are able to financially offer this incentive at this time due to the salary savings from those employees that will retire through this program," the letter states. 

Letters went out to 318 employees. White's office employs 3,650 people.

The idea behind the plan is the same as other retirement incentive offers, Druker said. Older employees who make more money will be induced to leave. The state will save money by filling the vacancies with lower paid employees or leaving the jobs vacant, temporarily or permanently.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau