Kamenetz: County Workforce At “25 Year Low,” But Cuts Are Needed

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – Robert Lang
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz reportedly is offering 1,100 county employees early retirement, in an apparent effort to cut up to $15-million from the county budget.

Kamentz told WBAL News today on Maryland’s News Now that the county is seeking to cut 200-positions through early retirement, and layoffs are possible if not enough workers accept the offer.

He says that the county work force has been cut through attrition and it is, “at its lowest level in 25 years.”

Kamenetz said that the positions are being cut through a “voluntary, humane and evaluative process.”

County Administrative Officer Fred Hohman would review and approve any applications for early retirement.

Legislation creating the early retirement program was introduced to the county council on Monday night.

The bill will be considered at a council work session on October 11, with a final vote scheduled for October 17.

Kamenetz told WBAL News that if the county council approves the early retirement plan, notices would go out to workers on October 31, and the workers would have until December 31 to accept the offer.

News of the Kamenetz proposal was first reported late Monday afternoon by Maryland Morning News contributor Bryan Sears of Patch.com.


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