More than a year after giving the Department of Economic Security director the freedom to shake things up, Governor Doug Ducey has put a hold on the firings.
The governor has taken away the power to fire employees from Director Tim Jeffries and his management team after a large number of dismissals.
An investigation by The Arizona Republic revealed DES dismissed a record 475 workers since the start of 2015.
The governor's office said the state human resources department will now review and approve any and all proposed terminations.
ABC15 spoke to a pregnant woman who was fired from the department and is now on welfare.
Sarah Coelho's job was to help other people sign up for welfare. She said she did nothing wrong to get fired.