Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2010 09:20:22 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Most of the city employees laid off in a budget-cutting effort have already left their jobs, said city spokesman Carl Baker.

The city laid off 32 people and eliminated 47 positions to help close a budget gap before the start of the 2010-11 fiscal year. The pink slips have been sent and the remaining city staff is trying to figure out how to fill the gaps left behind.

“It isn’t all settled, but it’s pretty much done,” Baker said.

Not every eliminated job represents a laid-off worker. The city eliminated some jobs vacated through retirements and transfers. Other positions were vacant when they were eliminated.

Baker said city administrators worked to find ways to keep the layoffs to a minimum.

“As much as possible, we’re trying to look for opportunities where we might be able to eliminate a job but save a person,” he said.

A total of 54 people were affected by the eliminations – either by layoffs, retirements or by having to shift to a position vacated in the shakeup.

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