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County budget reductions affect 10 positions

County Budget Reductions Affect 10 Positions

Caroline County Administrator Percy Ashcraft announced Monday that 10 full-
time positions have been eliminated or reduced as casualties of budget reductions for FY
Ashcraft proposed on February 23 that 14 positions would need to be eliminated
in order to balance the FY 2011 Budget. After months of discussions by the Board of
Supervisors, the reduction in 10 positions was inevitable to balance the FY 2011 Budget.
“It is certainly an emotional day to inform employees that we are reducing our
workforce and their positions no longer exist,” commented Ashcraft, who has had to
recommend layoffs for the second straight budget cycle. “These decisions affect not only
the employees, but their families and their overall quality of life.”
The Board of Supervisors approved criteria earlier this year for Ashcraft to use in
making the personnel reductions. That criteria included evaluating positions that were
experiencing a decline in workload and/or responsibility due to the economic downturn;
positions with responsibilities that can be combined with or consolidated into other
positions or departments to reduce cost and increase organizational efficiency; and
positions that have little or no impact on direct delivery of core services to County
“The personnel decisions have been made to attempt to have the least impact on
the delivery of services to our citizens,” Ashcraft said. “We have an obligation to have a
high standard of serving the public at large. We must continue to do that despite having
fewer people in place.”
The positions eliminated include:
–Superintendent of the Public Works Division.
–Custodian in Public Works Division.
–Administrator in Department of Planning and Community Development.
–Building/Planning Permit Technician in Department of Planning and
Community Development.
–Environmental Inspector in Department of Planning and Community
–Activities Coordinator in Department of Parks and Recreation.
–Account Clerk/Receptionist in County Administrator’s Office.
–Public Information Officer in County Administrator’s Office. This position was
vacated in March.

Reduced to part-time status is the position of Tourism Manager in the Department

of Economic Development and Tourism and the Administrative Secretary in Circuit
Court Judge’s Office.
Five positions in the Sheriff’s Office that had originally been proposed for
reduction received funding from three different sources and remain in the Budget. Two
were restored by the Compensation Board after the actions taken by the General
Assembly; two were restored by funding by the Public School Division; and the Board of
Supervisors has tentatively agreed to fund the fifth one. Three of the deputies are School
Resource Officers.
The reductions reduce the County’s payroll by $548,532. Added to this is a
furlough day employees will take on May 28 and also one percent reductions in salaries
for employees earning less than $40,000 and two percent for employees earning more
than $40,000.
All the personnel adjustments go into effect July 1 at the start of the new fiscal
year. This reduces the County’s workforce to 174 full-time and 62 part time employees,
which include those working in the Constitutional Offices

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  • Matthew Rathbun

    Layoffs are hard decisions to make. I feel bad for both the employees and Mr. Ashcraft.

    I just hope that those who live in the county will be more patient with County programs and processes now that there will be fewer employees to do the work.