Workers laid off after mayor, aldermen get pay raise
by Associated Press
Published: January 5,2011
WAVELAND — The City of Waveland has laid off 11 workers and reduced four full-time positions to part-time.
The Board of Aldermen voted 3-1 early yesterday morning after a 3½-hour executive session that began Tuesday night.
Mayor David Garcia says the move was made because of shortfalls in the budget.
The layoffs include seven public works employees, which includes the four full-time to part-time workers, a court clerk, a city hall clerk and six in the police department that did not include any patrolmen.
There are more than 100 city employees. Garcia says the city expects to save $800,000 in salaries and benefits.
The move comes just weeks after the city’s aldermen voted to give themselves and Garcia a pay raise.
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