4
| News |

Mary Suhm Expains to City Council How She'll Try to Save 500 City of Dallas Jobs

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

As the council begins commenting on the proposed FY2009-2010 budget, one issue comes up time and again: the layoff of 840 city employees, which will begin on Friday. Moments ago, the city manager further explained how the process will work: When the reduction-in-force notices are sent out at the end of the week, employees will also receive a list of jobs the city has available -- some 500, she said, "maybe more."

The laid-off will be able to go online, Suhm said, and begin the "expedited process" of applying for those those jobs through the Civil Service department, which is maintaining a list of unfilled positions. "They will fill out an application and automatically be eligible for all the jobs they're qualified for," she said. "No one else will be able to apply" for those jobs, which will be funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, state and enterprise fund monies.

But there will still be 300 to 400 full-timers "on the streets" when all's said and done, Suhm said, and those employees will be offered resume-writing and interview-skills classes through their respective supervisors. Suhm is also not filling some 560 vacant positions, per the proposed budget.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.