City issues layoff letters, leaves positions vacant

City council members have been provided an update on the status of staff reductions of North Battleford city employees, a process that is still going on.

Director of Human Resources Trish McConnell reported Monday the city had issued nine layoff letters as of April 23. Of those, five individuals have taken the layoff, three have bumped into vacancies and a community safety officer has resigned. 

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Three out-of-scope management positions have become vacant, she added.

Administration is continuing to look at cost savings in other areas. It is a work in process with the fire department at this point in time, McConnell said.

In response, Mayor Ryan Bater said council “appreciates the update and the professional manner this was dealt with.”

At the last council meeting in April, the indication was the city was looking to reduce almost $1.4 million in staffing costs, or roughly 10.5 percent.

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