FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2009
City reduction in force under way
The City of Kansas City, Mo., announced today that it is reducing its work force by 10 percent as it prepares to implement the budget for fiscal year 2009-10.
Of the positions eliminated, 141 are filled and 275 are vacant. Additional positions may be identified later for further reductions.
Of the 141 filled positions eliminated, 123 are management class positions and only 18 are labor class positions. The impacted employees are being offered severance pay, continuation of insurance benefits through COBRA, outplacement services and are eligible to use the City-sponsored Employee Assistance program that offers comprehensive professional and confidential mental health services.
“This is a very difficult time that required hard and unpleasant decisions that impact not only these employees and their families, but the programs and services the City provides to its residents,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “We will make every effort to continue to provide residents with quality basic services with the available resources,” Cauthen said.
The City Council adopted the budget as amended on March 26. The budget cuts addressed an $87 million projected shortfall. In addition to the layoffs, the budget cuts included a salary freeze for City employees and a reduction of employee benefits.