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Hundreds face layoffs as sheriff tries to balance budget
Saturday May 28, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) More than 200 workers at the Worcester county jail could lose their jobs for more than two weeks, during which time inmates would be locked down, as Sheriff Guy Glodis tries to close a $1 million budget shortfall.

Glodis sent letters on Friday to 240 employees, telling them they will be temporarily laid off from June 12 to July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

Of those who received letters, 200 are civilian workers, including clerical help, teachers and social workers, and 40 are temporary workers, including some guards.

Sheriff's spokesman Keith Mitchell said the staff reduction will force the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction to place all inmates in lockdown to maintain safety.

The layoffs could be averted if the Legislature passes a supplemental budget that is before the House Ways and Means Committee. Mitchell said he is cautiously optimistic the budget will be approved by June 12 to avoid the layoffs.

``Reducing the personnel size is the administration's last resort,'' Mitchell said. ``Every dollar has been soaked from every other account so we can meet our payroll requirements.''

The sheriff's letter urges employees to contact their legislators. ``This move is in no way a reflection of your performance at the Worcester County sheriff's office, but comes as a result of a substantial payroll debt,'' the letter reads.

Glodis has blamed the $1 million deficit, in part, on a series of payouts the former sheriff made before leaving office in January.

An audit the Glodis administration commissioned soon after taking office showed former Sheriff John M. Flynn approved a series of holiday and vacation payouts totaling $417,000.

Some workers who were retired were still paid consultant's fees after leaving the jail's payroll. Glodis plans to end the policy of allowing employees to accrue paid leave and institute a ``use-it-or-lose-it'' policy.

The administration has also worked out other ways to cut down on spending, reducing projected overtime costs from $3.5 million to $2.95 million, Mitchell said.

The jail's budget is expected to grow next year to accommodate salary increases. Mitchell said many of the expenses that created the deficit this year won't affect the fiscal 2006 budget, because they were one-time payments necessary to settle obligations, including Flynn's payouts and workers' compensation settlements.

Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com
 

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you two sound like idiots. this sheriff police bashing drives me nuts. you are trying to change a law that is about 200 years old. leave it alone. i am a police officer and this sheriff bashing gives most of us officers a bad name. who cares what they do. get a life. what makes you any better than them. wait let me think you have a full time academy and they have an intermittent. right. well they have a correctional academy with most of the same things taught at the full time academy cpr, first responder, firearms, etc etc. well i have a full time academy a corrections academy, and a boder patrol academy. does that make me better than you? no. stop thinking you are better than anyone else. layoffs affect family and children. think about that.
 

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yutyut1";p="65829 said:
You can say that again.....Cant buy all the fun toys and expect to be able to pay your guys too!!!!!
You sound like you're "in the know." Could you please list all the "fun toys" the Worcester County Sheriff bought?
 

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well i knew the biggest idiot would speak soon bbelichick. the almighty state trooper. should we call you lord of the police or would jesus fit. i wish you only knew.
 

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Wow such an angry post!!!! Since they abolished county government why do we still have sheriffs?????

In my opinion and my opinion only we should abolish the position of sheriff and appoint a superintendant of prisons and jails. The corrections officers would then work under the superintendant. Believe me this is in no way a dig at corrections officers, they by far probably have one of the toughest jobs around and are great at what they do!!!

Just think of all the money the state would save by streamlining all these county jails etc. and think of all the money that can be funneled back into both local and state police agencies.......

Just a thought.....[strike]
 
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yutyut1";p="65983 said:
Wow such an angry post!!!! Since they abolished county government why do we still have sheriffs?????

In my opinion and my opinion only we should abolish the position of sheriff and appoint a superintendant of prisons and jails. The corrections officers would then work under the superintendant. Believe me this is in no way a dig at corrections officers, they by far probably have one of the toughest jobs around and are great at what they do!!!

Just think of all the money the state would save by streamlining all these county jails etc. and think of all the money that can be funneled back into both local and state police agencies.......

Just a thought.....[strike]
yutyut1, that commonsense stuff is dangerous. You could be run right out of the Commonwealth.
 

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Hey TruthbeTold, you already know where BBelichek works, identify yourself if you dare. You know you are f*cking fake and nothing but a wannabe cop that could never make it and has to buy his way as a special deputy so you may wear your shitty looking star badge.
 

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Truthy............
Let it hang out brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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truthbetold";p="65921 said:
well i knew the biggest idiot would speak soon bbelichick. the almighty state trooper. should we call you lord of the police or would jesus fit. i wish you only knew.
Well, just going out on a limb here, but you could reveal what Department you work for.

How about a "truthbetold" game of Department Hangman... I'll start:

Pinker_on

Damn! I can't seem to get that last letter! Help, anyone?
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All I did was mention their core responsibilities and I'm labled an idiot? Why so sensitive? Jeeeesh! rhl :roll:
 
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