Galesburg approves city staff cuts

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Galesburg City Hall (Photo from Galesburg,com)

More than a dozen positions were eliminated when the Galesburg, Illinois City Council approved staff reductions as part of the fiscal 2014 budget.

Five full-time staff members will lose their jobs and five vacant full-time positions will not be filled as part of the cuts, according to Galesburg Public Information Officer Sue Davidson.  Three temporary positions and one part-time position were also cut.

Recreation and neighborhood enhancement were among the areas hardest hit by the approved staff cuts.

Davidson said the council agreed to eliminate one neighborhood enhancement officer, one secretary for the Neighborhood Enhancement division, one recreation supervisor, one public information officer and one information systems technician position from the city staff.  Those five positions are all currently filled.  A part-time public works secretary and a temporary water fowl suppression position will also be eliminated.

Davidson said the city will also not fill five full-time vacant positions:  one maintenance worker, one telephone service operator, one police officer and two firefighters.  Vacant temporary positions including two engineering internships and miscellaneous recreation positions will also not be filled.

The staff reductions were approved as part of the fiscal 2014 budget, passed by a 4-3 vote at the council’s December 2, 2013 meeting.