Friday, March 27, 2015
Brown's Stealth Layoff - a 12.4% Job Vacancy Rate
This report was generated at the request of Hayden Phillips, who ran on a theme of limited government. I suspect he will attempt to eliminate the positions entirely. He has stated that if a position goes unfilled for a period of time, it should just be eliminated.
My problem with this is hat most of these are positions that should be filled, but are purposely being left vacant to give Brown more money to play with at budget time. He is sacrificing efficiency and delivery of services in the name of the Almighty Dollar.
Where are positions going unfilled?
Most of these vacant positions, 133.15 to be exact, are in Human Services. They include caseworkers for Children and Youth, Area Agency on Aging, Mental Health and at Gracedale. How much of this is due to federal and state budget reductions is unclear to me. But it's a pretty sad commentary for the 18,000 people who receive Human Services of one kind or another. I am especially appalled at the 16 vacancies in Children and Youth, which does include caseworker positions. After being abused and neglected by their counties, children need attention. instead, it's more of the same. When I see something like this in a County that has a full complement in its Department of Community and Economic Development, I want to throw up.
Last year, Corrections Officer Tom Davis several times insisted that corrections officer vacancies are going unfilled at the jail. That is still the case. Corrections is down 29.5 positions, and 22.0 corrections officer jobs are still unfilled.
What are called row offices, because they used to be lined up in a row along the hallways outside the courtrooms, are suffering, too. Despite several complaints from the Court, there are still eight vacancies in the Civil Division. There are four unfilled jobs in the Criminal Division and four jobs in the Recorder of Deeds have been left open.
Custodial and maintenance staff have been decimated. The janitors are down 9.8 jobs, including four FT cleaners I have always found the custodial staff to be one of the County's finest departments, but they are obviously being overworked. Things are bad in Maintenance, too, where 7 jobs remain unfilled. For someone like me, who is unable to change a light bulb. this is a disaster.
Eventually, what is going to happen is some child is going to get killed, or perhaps an overworked corrections officer on mandatory overtime will snap. And then the County will pay millions. i would prefer to see it doing its job.