$1.2 Million in Methuen's Town Budget Set to Avert Layoffs, Some Officers to Still Lose Jobs - NBC10 Boston

$1.2 Million in Methuen's Town Budget Set to Avert Layoffs, Some Officers to Still Lose Jobs

The town notified about 50 police officers they were being laid off but a restoration in the town's budget will allow some officers to continue their careers

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    City Council Restores Funding to Methuen Police Department

    Some police officers in Methuen, Massachusetts who were set to be laid off, will now be able to keep their jobs thanks to a restoration in the town's budget.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2019)

    What to Know

    • About 50 officers from the Methuen Police Department received notices in January that they were set to be laid off.

    • The town restored $1.2 million to the budget that would avert some layoffs. Some officers still face losing their careers.

    • Officials said $1.5 million was needed to completely avoid the layoffs.

    Several officers from the Methuen Police Department who were set to be laid off will now be able to keep their jobs thanks to a restoration in the town’s budget. However, a mix of relief and concerns still linger since other officers will likely still lose their jobs.

    The Methuen City Council restored $1.2 million to the department’s budget, allowing some officers to continue with their careers. In January, more than four dozen officers received pink slips notifying them of the layoffs.

    The decision to let go of half of the police force in Methuen was made after the City Council and the department could not agree on pay raises for superior officers.

    During the latest City Council meeting, officials agreed on adding $1.2 million to save some jobs. In order to save all officers from layoffs, the budget needed $1.5 million.

    Methuen Restores $1.2 Million to Police Department

    [NECN] Methuen Restores $1.2 Million to Police Department

    The city of Methuen is restoring $1.2 million back to its police department, saving some officers from being laid off.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2019)

    City Councilor Steve Saba claimed in January that the contract for officers’ raises was unjustifiably high.

    "We were faced with a ridiculous contract in a community where the average household income of only $62,000," Saba said. "We're expected to approve and smile and be happy with paying captains upwards of $250,000 each."

    Meanwhile, Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said the department was not asking for additional money.

    "I would ask them to stop this," Solomon said in January. "Level fund the police department to last year’s numbers, which is a zero dollar increase in taxes to the citizens of Methuen."

    As of Friday, no layoffs have been taken into effect. It is unclear how many jobs the budget’s added money will save.

    Methuen Mayor James Jajuga is set to have a meeting about the layoffs in the near future.

    Methuen Issues Layoff Notices to 50 Police Officers

    [NECN] Methuen Issues Layoff Notices to 50 Police Officers

    Methuen is in the process of laying off at least 50 police officers to ensure that the city does not deficit spend.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019)

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