The GUARDIAN got a tip late last week claiming there were layoffs at City Gall.
We sent a query to Team Dave and spokesman Adam Park provided the following statement:
“In 2012 the City has laid off one employee and restructured one position following the retirement of another employee. Both of these actions were done to contain costs and ensure a balanced budget. These employees’ responsibilities have been reassigned; no city services have been cut as a result of their departure. As you are undoubtedly aware, layoffs are personnel matters and therefore the names of the parties are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Idaho’s public records laws. Department directors continue to explore ways to run their operations more efficiently, but no decision has been made on any additional layoffs.”
We have asked from which departments the two cuts were made.
If they cut staff that wasn’t needed, the GUARDIAN certainly applauds the move. Coppers previously avoided layoffs when they decided to forgo a contracted raise, but at this point it isn’t clear what departments–if any face additional cutbacks.
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