2/12/08 BREAKING NEWS: Town Of Greenwich Started Handing Out Pink Slips Today
Covering the news of Greenwich, Connecticut
The looming layoffs of town employees became a reality today, when cuts began to close a $5 million budget shortfall.
First Selectman Peter Tesei and Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) Chairman Steven Walko met with the Post and Greenwich Time, announcing that 21 full-time workers would have their jobs eliminated over the course of the next few days, along with 25 part-time positions, which equals about 19 people. Specific names and positions were not revealed, but the Department of Public Works is taking the biggest hit, losing nine full-time employees, followed by four from the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Full-time positions were also set to be eliminated from the Social Services Department, Town Clerk’s office, Assessor’s office, Finance Department, town administrative services and from civilian employees in the Greenwich Police Department. Those departments were expected to have one full-time job cut. Social Services was also set to lose two part-time homemaker positions. Greenwich and Perrot Libraries as well as the law department, IT department, human resources and land use were also set to lose part-time employees.......
Simon Wake knew something was amiss Thursday morning when he tried to check his town e-mail account from home and couldn't log in.
The real estate appraiser's worst fears were confirmed a few hours later, when Wake said he was told by his boss that he was being laid off as part of a round of job cuts by the town, a casualty of an economic recession that Greenwich hasn't seen the likes of in recent memory.
And just like that, eight years of working in the assessor's office came to an unceremonious end for Wake, 38, who, carrying a coffee mug and other personal items, hugged co-workers in the hall at Town Hall and left the building for a final time, all under the watchful eye of plain-clothes police officers