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August 27, 2014

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In more cost-cutting, Henderson to end two management posts

Henderson’s City Council continued its efforts to cut costs Tuesday night by eliminating two senior management positions, saving the city $379,000 per year.

The cuts came as part of the second phase of a staff reorganization that included consolidating city departments and getting rid of several unneeded positions in an attempt to shrink a $6.5 million deficit in the upcoming year’s budget.

The changes, which were approved unanimously by the council at their Tuesday night meeting, will save $253,000 over the next eight months and $379,000 every year after that, said Fred Horvath, director of human resources.

Last month, the council approved cutting six positions, saving about $750,000 annually.

Earlier this year, City Manager Jacob Snow said he hoped to save about $2 million annually through the reorganization process. The city has relied on reserve funds to cover budget gaps in the past several years.

Horvath said Tuesday that the reorganization process is mostly finished, but some tweaks to staffing will still be made on a department by department basis.

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  1. Sounds like a start in the right direction. How about examining compensation packages by job description and compare to private industry, other cities / state jobs? Can we get the employee pay packages to show at least 50% of retirement coming from employee gross pay?

  2. Pay and benefit packages have to be examined across the board in all localities. Best idea that I have is to have a competition with private industry to see if privatization of jobs is more cost effective. Areas such as park maintenance, traffic light and street light replacement, street lane and curb painting, and street cleaning are all areas that could be examined for competition. Let the public sector unions compete with private industry for the same positions.

  3. two senior management positions, saving the city $379,000 per year.

    These people made 189,500 a year?

    Vegas fire fighters make 150,000 a year?

    No wonder all our local cities are in the red. They're overpaying everyone that works for them.