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Public Safety Layoffs Averted
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The City of Oakdale announced on Monday that proposed cuts to the fire and police departments would be delayed for at least seven months keeping public safety staffing at a status quo.

The original presented budget in May proposed cutting two positions each to the fire and police departments. The police department is losing two positions to upcoming retirements and those positions will go unfilled. The two targeted fire positions received a seven-month funding that coincides with the proposed sales tax ballot measure.

Acting City Manager Mike Botto announced on Monday that the Oakdale Police Officers Association and the Oakdale Miscellaneous Employees Association each agreed to an extension of the current contracts, which helped finalize keeping the positions in place.

For more information, see the June 15 issue of The Leader.