City leaders cut staff through layoffs, severance amid reorganization

February 1, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Feb. 1, 2012

Officials announced cuts to the city workforce — including six layoffs — Wednesday, as City Hall launches a broad reorganization.

Overall, leaders reduced staff through layoffs, a severance program and vacancies. The total includes five positions eliminated through voluntary separations and two vacancies.

The city also plans to add three positions for a beefed-up economic development effort.

The changes came months after Seattle consultant delivered a report detailing City Hall operations.

The study focused on efficiency and effectiveness. Moss Adams discovered different cultures, expectations and management styles across municipal departments. The also report pointed out the differences in coordination, scheduling and tracking across departments.

In November, officials announced plans to start employee layoffs in February.

The reductions’ impact on the city budget remains unclear, although officials’ focus in the reorganization is less on cost and more on operations. The total Issaquah municipal budget is $85.7 million — including about $36 million for police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

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