Anchorage loses fewer employees than expected

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011

ANCHORAGE — When Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed a budget in October for 2011, it appeared to mean layoffs for 31 employees.

But city officials say that attrition and some budget add-backs have allowed the city to keep the layoffs to four parks and recreation workers.

Employee Relations Director Nancy Bear Usera says, though, that more layoffs could be coming in the first few months of the year.

The Anchorage Daily News quotes Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith as saying the department lost 22 positions, but got to keep four with a federal grant. Attrition late in the year meant no layoffs.

The Anchorage Assembly restored some positions in the fire department, which has vacancies and expects to advertise for 18 firefighter-EMTs and firefighter-paramedics.

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