Ever since we met together and I reported to you the projected impact of the recession on Paducah, many of you have been worrying: "Will I lose my job?"
Over the last two days Department Managers and I have visited with 14 employees and advised them that their jobs will be eliminated and they will be discharged when the Commission meets next Tuesday.
I have now completed all of those visits.
I apologize for the days of worry that this process has caused many of you.
There is no guarantee that no additional City employee will lose his or her job, but my goal was to "cut once and deeply" so that the City can get through whatever the rest of the recession brings to us without additional layoffs. I do not expect that I will be coming to visit any of you to tell you that your job is being eliminated.
We will have additional budget cuts. As employees leave the city for reasons of their own, we will leave some positions unfilled and reduce our number of employees by attrition. As we work with the City Commission on the FY2010 budget, the Commission will consider reductions in operating costs, employee benefits, payments to City Commissions, and subsidized agencies, etc.
At Tuesday's Commission Meeting I will make a public presentation of all of the changes we are making. After the meeting we will make copies of the changes available to all City employees.
Thank you for your continued work and support through this difficult transition.