January 15, 2010

Naperville Lays Off City Workers to Cut Budget Deficit

Efforts to plug a multi-million dollar budget hole have left 22 more people without jobs in the city of Naperville.

The Naperville Police Department was the hardest hit in this most recent round of cutbacks.

“Police and fire had eliminations,” said Naperville city manager Doug Krieger. “The police department is our largest department, from a budget standpoint as well as a staff perspective. There were a total of 17 positions formally eliminated.”

Most of the reductions occurred through retirements or jobs not being filled when people voluntarily left. In other departments, the city of Naperville also won’t fill 27 open positions, meaning a total of 49 positions are no longer on the books. But city leaders stress that the public won’t notice a reduced police presence or fewer patrols.

Residents talked with NCTV17 about the layoffs. While they weren’t surprised, they hope the level of city services they receive stays the same.

“Naperville is affected just like any other community,” said longtime resident James Victor. “All of them are affected equally.”

“I’ve been very happy being a resident of the city of Naperville,” said Judith Kinnavy. “I feel we have really great police support, a real presence can be felt here in the city.”

Meanwhile, city leaders are trying to keep spirits up at Municipal Center, where workers are now picking up the slack to make up for a 10 percent staff reduction over the past two years.

“Our employees have and will continue to have to step up to make up for this reduction in workforce,” Krieger said.

In all, the cuts will save the city of Naperville $3.6 million a year. But city leaders still have to plug a $1 million budget hole. The city eliminated 43 positions from the payroll last January, saving $3.3 million.


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