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|City Recaps Personnel-Related Budget Changes
|Many have been known already, but the city of Galesburg has started to implement its plan to cut its personnel budget.
The City issued a statement at the close of business Wednesday formally announcing the changes. Most had been approved already -- including the city's voluntary employee separation incentive. The city says only nine employees took the incentive, and subtracting the incentives paid out, that will save the city $129,000 this year.
The city had targeted, however, $250,000 in savings from the incentive.
But they say because of the reduction in staffing in some cases, there will be slight reductions in staff at the city's Fire Department. The number of firefighters is being reduced by one from 50 to 49, but that the number of fire captains will be increased per shift, and while the minimum number of shift manpower will not decrease, the maximum will decrease from 15 to 14.
The city also says former police officer Kip Canfield has been rehired as Neighborhood Enhancement Supervisor, and that office will now be a part of the Galesburg Police Department. Canfield replaces Dedra Mannon in that role, who, amid some alleged controversy, is being transferred to Human Services Coordinator.
Current coordinator Joann Harris, the city says, is retiring this weekend after 33 years of employment.
As has been previously reported as well, the city's airport/cemetery division is becoming a part of the parks department.
The city is asking non-union employees to take five unpaid furlough days this year, which a statement says will save the city 60-thousand dollars.
The city says some positions will remain unfilled this year, and they'll work with the city's unions to try and convince them to take some concessions.
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