Early Retirements Help Jackson County Avoid Layoffs

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Jackson County has been able to avert dozens of layoffs thanks to incentives that allowed employees to take early retriement, County Executive Mike Sanders said Monday.

“Absolutely remarkable,” Sanders told county legislators.

Two weeks ago, the county executive and county prosecutor had outlined how the loss of $4.1 billion in state funding would translate to 39 jobs – 22 in the Assessment Department, 14 in the Family Support Division in the prosecutor’s office and three sheriff’s deputies assigned to family-support work. Sanders said the county would offer early-resignation incentives – although retirement benefits themselves cannot be altered – but he held out little hope of that significantly easing the need to cut people as of Jan. 1. Read more on Independence Examiner.


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