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3 thoughts on “UPDATED: Eight more city employees get pink slips

  1. Over a year-and-a-half ago the City of Bainbridge financed study, the so-called Benchmark study (costing $147,000) identified key findings among them that the city was running rich on employees by 20%. For the then staffing of 152 employees, that amounted to a carrying charge of $3,000,000 a year in employee costs ($100K per employee for pay, benefits etc). Of course COBI Mayor and Council ignored the study and let it gather dust on the shelf of do-nothing studies. Had the Mayor and Council acted on the findings, that would have been a significant overhead reduction ($3M) and would have lessened the depth of our current problems but COBI leaders saw staff reduction as off limits.

    Oh, by the way, another prescient finding in the Benchmark Study was that COBI Council was dysfunctional.

    COBI is not a social-service agency designed to keep people employed. Cut COBI staff to the point our budget is sustainable. Don’t grow government. If you have too much money, cut taxes.

    See YouTube call for Mayor K’s recall. (double click the link) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz-e3n

  2. The Benchmarking study was by no means ignored, either by members of the Council or by citizens offering advice. I’m not saying this to justify the Mayor’s reluctance to make deep staff cuts earlier, but the fact is that many economies were imposed — and some were achieved by attrition — before the latest embrace of necessity.

    I see nothing to celebrate in this news. The loss of Ross Hathaway is especially regrettable.

  3. Jon Quitslund states: “he Benchmarking study was by no means ignored, either by members of the Council or by citizens offering advice. I’m not saying this to justify the Mayor’s reluctance to make deep staff cuts earlier, but the fact is that many economies were imposed.”

    Yes, Jon, attrition is one way to bring the COBI roster in alignment to what the Benchmark Study called for. However, COBI Mayor and Council first ignored the study for 10 months then finally began the attrition option. The problem with that course of action was we went a year at the richer staffing level. The study was clear on how rich our staffing was (and how low our output was for 152 people). A young scholar at Captain Blakely Elementary could calculate what that year plus of 20% over staffing cost the taxpayers.

    Now Dombrowski is having to cut 8 or 10 people at a whack to get in alignment with what we should have reached a year ago. A stitch in time saves nine.

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