From Total Buzz yesterday:
Union officials were told today that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens plans to lay off 30 non-sworn employees within the department and demote 10 more, igniting allegations of misspending and terse emails between the sheriff and a union leader over whether the Hutchens should have personally delivered the bad news.
The layoffs are part of Hutchensâ€™ plan to shave $28 million from this yearâ€™s budget, which has been battered by declining tax revenue. She already has announced layoffs of executive staff members, including two longtime assistant sheriffs and five captains.
This time, Hutchens targeted much lower-ranking employees â€” 29 non-sworn workers, such as jail commissary storekeepers, cooks and vocational instructors who prepare inmates to be released, along with one manager. Another 10 non-sworn employees will be demoted or receive pay cuts ranging from 5 to almost 30 percent. Read the rest of this at Total Buzz.
Why is it that the lowest ranking take the hits this way? IfÂ I understand this correctly, there are more than 70 retiredÂ ”double-dipping” deputies on the payroll still. It is one thing for every area to share the pain in budget cuts. It’s something else completely to set the entire burden on the backs of non-sworn personnel.