Correction from my previous blog:
Reductions in staffing: During the Council meeting yesterday (7/24/12), one our frequent commenters mentioned that she had heard that there were layoffs in Code Enforcement here in the City of Riverside. While the issue of layoffs is always painful for all individuals involved, I do think it is good to know that we are attempting to be both fiscally responsible as well as sensitive to the needs of our staff members and our community. A layoff did occur- why? Because of the combining of Community Development and the Development Departments there was an over-staffing of certain clerical positions, which resulted in one layoff notice. The affected employee (who was working in the Code Enforcement Division) was able to exercise bumping rights to a previously held position in other department of the city. The bottom line: no Code Enforcement Officers (who are the field staff most visible to our community) were laid off, one important and productive employee in Code Enforcement was required to exercise bumping rights to a lower position in another department, and Community Development continued their work to “right size” the organization so that revenue more closely matches expenditures. Update (11/2/12)- fortunately, the staff member from Code Enforcement was able to “lateral” into the same level position in another city department. My thanks to our Human Resources team for making this happen.