MANATEE -- Manatee County government has reduced its workforce by an additional 54 positions, according to a news release today.
The reductions are part of a budget proposal that County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will present to the Manatee County Commission this week.
Details of who will be affected was not included in the news release. However, Capt. Larry Leinhauser, the public information officer for the public safety department, revealed in a news release earlier in the day that he was being laid off, effective July 1.
Additional budget details will be available next week when Hunzeker will propose "a new zero-based biennial budget" to commissioners.
"Many of the impacted positions were in areas where workload no longer required as many personnel. All affected employees were notified as of Tuesday afternoon," the release states.
Twenty of the employees accepted an early retirement option.
“Each of the impacted employees was treated with dignity and respect,” Hunzeker said in the release. “Every attempt was made to keep employee reductions to an absolute minimum.”
Since 2007, Manatee County has reduced staffing levels by 237. Spending has been cut by $122 million since 2007, according to the release.