Cleveland: Cuyahoga County lays off 33 employees

11:54 AM, Nov 2, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- About 33 employees are being laid off in a restructuring of the operations of the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office.

The Fiscal Office was created by the new county charter that took effect Jan. 1, 2011.

It includes functions of the old auditor's office, the old recorder's office and the auto title offices that were previously run by the clerk of courts. Affected employees were being notified today of the layoff decisions.  

The layoffs were announced by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

The reductions are part of an ongoing, systematic examination of all offices in Cuyahoga County's new charter form of government.

Before Wednesday's announcement, county government had already reduced its payroll by a net 310 employees since Jan. 1 for an annual net savings of about $17.6 million, FitzGerald said in a news release.

The latest restructuring will reduce county government's annual payroll expense by an additional $1.7 million.

"The goal here is to serve taxpayers more efficiently by streamlining how Cuyahoga County does business," Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said. "This new form of county government has created opportunities to trim costs, and we are pursuing them."

FitzGerald said rumors of massive layoffs are not true.

The restructuring rests, in part, on an 18-week study by the Archer Co. of Rock Hill, S.C. that determined the civil service classification of hundreds of county employees. Previously, many of those classifications were unclear, making personnel decisions difficult.

Among those let go, Lisa DePiero, a senior public information office and sister of Parma Mayor Dean Depiero and senior clerk Colleen McFaul-Vincelli, a daughter of former Sheriff Gerald McFaul.


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