Employees in Galloway Township have been on notice for months about wide spread layoffs. Today the layoffs become reality for some, but the mayor is saying not so fast.
Public works, police and other township employees in Galloway have been bracing for pink slips since 140 employees received notice months ago that Nov. 16th would be the day.
"We did have some notices go out for layoffs. We had approximately nine public works employees that did get layoff notices; we had five police officers that were notified of a possible layoff situation," Galloway Mayor Don Purdy said.
While Purdy says the township is facing a $1.2 million budget shortfall, he says public safety is his number one priority.
"I do not support laying off any public safety personnel, police department so be. Hopefully they can restructure the police department or come up with some kind of agreement between the manager and the PBA and I fell confident that will happen," Purdy added.
While these 14 township employees did receive notices, nothing is set in stone. Township officials will meet with union leaders to discuss alternatives. As far as Purdy is concerned he says he will not allow any police to lose their jobs.
With the planned layoffs and other restructuring efforts the city would be able to start 2013 with a balanced budget.
"This is the first time I have ever seen Galloway Township have a budget put in place as of January first going forward we are on the right line," Purdy added.
Representatives with the Government Workers Union say more layoffs could be in the future, but that won't be known until at least Dec. 4th.