Cuyahoga County: 25 workers laid off

11:52 PM, Mar 25, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County is notifying 25 workers that their jobs are being abolished and they are being laid off.

The county has previously dismissed workers for cause and wrongdoing.

But these workers are being let go as part of the effort to streamline county government.  The government makeover is part of what voters sought by approving the reform measure.

Central Services Director Jay Ross is the biggest name and salary. He made $105,000/yr.  He oversaw construction of the Juvenile Justice Center and planned makeover of the Ameritrust Tower.

County Executive Ed FitzGerald stressed these workers did their jobs and did nothing wrong.

The cuts will save the county $1.5 million a year.

"It's painful but it's not a reflection on an individual's qualifications or work performance...There's other reductions and there is going to be a lot of them that are coming because of the conomic climate and especially the state budget cuts," FitzGerald said.

State budget cuts would slash $17 million a year when full enacted.

Some of the jobs are being eliminated because of redundancy.

For instance, multiple human resource departments in different offices are being consolidated into a single operation.  The same goes for financial operations.

The workers are spread across multiple agencies and offices.

Some were given letters, allowed to collect belongings and escorted out of their office.

Friday was their last day at work, but they will receive another period's pay.

FitzGerald says the county is doing a methodical worker-by-worker evaulation and will not just order a flat percentage cut in all offices.

The county had about 10,000 workers five years ago.  Buyouts and attrition reduced that number to about 8,000.

FitzGerald's office has control of about 5,500.

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