CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati city manager proposed budget cuts Monday that recommended the elimination of 50 full time positions before the year-end, 44 of them are police officers.
Along with police officers, city workers and two city departments will be directly affected. Milton Dohoney, city manager, will officially proposed the $5 million budget cut to city council on Monday, but released the proposal Friday afternoon.
The recommended mid-year reductions for 2011 total $5.1 million. Of that amount, approximately $2.9 million consists of temporary reductions. Conversely, there are approximately $2.2 million in permanent reductions that, if adopted, would generate $8.5 million in 2012 savings.
The 2011 mid-year reduction plan includes the elimination of 50 full time equivalent (fte) positions. Of the 50 positions recommended for elimination, 49 are filled positions.
Even with the elimination of the 44 positions, the police department's reduction plan includes an assumption that the department will receive a federal cops hiring program grant to retain 50 additional police officer positions for three years.
The grant will provide $1.2 million in 2011 and $4.4 million in 2012. The department has applied and is awaiting a decision from the department of justice, which we expect in the fall. If the police department is not awarded the grant, it would then be necessary to lay off 50 additional police officers to meet the projected savings for 2012.
The proposal to eliminate 44 police officer positions would clearly have a service impact; however, the department has indicated that it will re-organize sworn staff to maintain street strength.
The incoming chief of police will make the final determination regarding how the department will absorb the reduction and reorganize personnel to meet service demands.