The Naperville City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate 23 vacant positions to help close a budget deficit estimated at $11 million. We also learned that the number of layoffs will be more than previously thought ("upper 40s instead of 40), and that the cuts won't be made until January.
We also learned details about the 23 vacant positions that were eliminated.
Included in the list are three sworn positions in the police department, which include the department's third downtown beat officer, its second crime prevention officer and its domestic violence investigator. Six other positions - three in records and three in telecommunications - were also eliminated.
At the fire department, three positions were cut. The two sworn positions include an assistant fire chief and a firefighter/paramedic. The other is a technical services assistant.
Also eliminated were the jobs of community social worker and video production specialist from staff. Three positions in the city's finance department are on the list, including assistant finance director, financial reporting analyst and billing and collections supervisor. Six jobs in the city's Transportation, Engineering and Development group include a code enforcement officer, records technician, engineering technician, development planner, operations manager and project assistant.
In addition to the 23 positions in the general fund were three cuts in enterprise funds. Those come from the city's Department of Public Utilities. Two are in the electrical division - a senior engineer and journey-line electrician, along with a customer service representative from the water division.
Which of these cuts make the most sense to you? (And please, let's try not to all say video production specialist at the same time.) Which of these cuts most concerns you? This represents what may be only half the cuts--what do you expect to learn in a couple months when the layoffs are decided? Whose jobs will be gone then, and from what departments?