Who is the city laying off to balance its budget?

Categories: News, Politics

Today marks the last day of work for 176 city employees who were laid off in order to help close a $160 million gap in Denver's budget. (Read this Denver Post story by reporter Christopher Osher for more.)

Most of the layoffs -- the equivalent of 108.5 positions -- occurred in two city departments: the Office of Economic Development and Denver Human Services. Those departments were hit harder because more of their funding comes from federal sources, which are declining, rather than the city's general fund, said Eric Brown, communications director for Mayor John Hickenlooper.

The rest of the layoffs were scattered among nine other city agencies.

So who, exactly, is getting laid off? A final list won't be available for several weeks, Brown said. But he provided this breakdown of layoffs by department:

Safety Administration: 1.5 positions
Human Rights and Community Relations: 1.5 positions
Mayor's Office: 2 positions
City Council Staff: 2.5 positions
Career Services Authority: 5 positions
Department of Finance: 8 positions
General Services: 11 positions
Technology Services: 14 positions
Parks and Recreation: 17.5 positions
Office of Economic Development: 28.5 positions
Denver Human Services: 84.5 positions

Total: 176 positions

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