APRIL 14, 1931
From the beginning of my administration I have consistently taken the position with respect to my appointments that my policy is to appoint the heads of departments and hold them responsible for the efficient and proper conduct of the organization operating under them. I expect to continue this plan with respect to the highway, banking, personnel, purchasing, prisons, revenue, and all other agencies which come within my appointive power. It is very easy for the head of a department to evade responsibility and criticism if he has not had complete control over his subordinates. If a department fails to function, I am going to be in a position to hold the head of that department responsible for such failure and not be in a position for complaint to be made that I imposed someone on the department for personal, political, or other reasons.
MAY 9, 1931
The results of the workman's compensation act have fully met my expectations. Mr. Dorsett* has rendered splendid service and made a fine record and his reappointment gives me genuine satisfaction.____________________