City plans to layoff 36; some police


Unions felt undermined; lied to by administration

As you read earlier – the city of Hoboken today announced they are submitting recommendations for citywide layoffs – including 18 police officers.

The unions representing the Hoboken Police were not too pleased with the latest turn of events – calling it the “lowest of the low” and “underhanded,” and that the city wasn’t being truthful when they said the unions were notified.

In a three hour meeting with city officials, Union reps said that the city didn’t mention the upcoming layoff announcement once.

The attorney who represents both Hoboken Police Unions, D. B. Ross, Jr. explains:


City wants layoffs; pending state approval

Today, the city is announced their plans to reduce the municipal budget by laying off 36 employees – including 18 from the Police Department. Part of this plan includes “civilian” members of the Police Department.

Note that the City is basing these police layoffs on an audit from the NJ Division of Local Government Services – ignoring the 150 page analysis of the audit that the Hoboken PBA presented to the administration recently.

More to come on this breaking story…

Hoboken Police Layoffs Announced

Read Press Release from City Hall after the jump

City Press Release

As the City of Hoboken moves forward to address its financial challenges while ensuring that the City’s public safety and quality of life are protected, the Zimmer Administration today announced the proposed layoffs of 36 employees. If approved by the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission, the personnel changes are projected to save taxpayers a net $2.5 million per year.

Recommendations for 36 layoffs of employees will be submitted for approval to the Civil Service Commission. This includes 18 layoffs from the Police Department that will occur after 19 senior officers are demoted. An additional 18 layoffs are planned in other departments within the Administration.

“As we make this difficult decision, my Administration is committed to protecting the public safety of our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who is working closely with Police Chief Falco. “Through redeployment and civilianization, there will be no reduction in the number of patrol officers policing Hoboken’s streets.”

The police reductions are informed by the findings of the Police Department audit prepared by the State of New Jersey, Division of Local Government Services (“DLGS”) as well as recommendations by Arch Liston, the City’s Business Administrator, who has 25 years of experience in public safety. The DLGS audit found that the Police Department “contained more superior officers than was necessary to maintain essential police services” and that “more patrol officers can be placed on the street” by civilianizing several positions.

The City’s proposed demotions reflect the DLGS audit which recommended that the superior officer structure be modified from 1 Chief, 4 Captains, 18 Lieutenants and 30 Sergeants to 1 Chief, 3 Captains, 12 Lieutenants and 26 Sergeants.

“Layoffs create real hardship for employees and their families, and I recognize that this decision has serious consequences for them,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The individuals affected are hardworking public servants who are victims of a fiscal climate not of their own making. This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision that had to be made, and my Administration proceeded with extreme care to ensure that we have a responsible plan.”

“We have a responsibility to use our resources more efficiently,” added Mayor Zimmer. “By civilianizing non-police functions and moving Police from behind desks and out on our streets, we can improve efficiency and maintain the exceptional level of public safety our Police Department has always provided our community.”

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Monday, July 26, 2010 10:27 am

Lets plan to lay off the mayor and her crones,attorneys consultants and uneeded directors
zip cars that take up 100 ft a block..Its good to be the queen as mel brooks would say 😀

Saturday, July 24, 2010 10:07 am

best to close the purposes..let the shims go to stevens or on the pc…save money for the down trodden..

Friday, July 23, 2010 3:21 pm

This mayor gave over $25,000 increases to her polictical consultants that sit beside her in City Hall on the taxpayers time and dime at the same time she is laying off workers. It is amazing what this administration gets away with.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 10:05 am

crackers..Its a done its a done deal…that policemans wife wrote a nice letter but u can bet it was filed in the wastepaper basket or shredded. A new englander from a town of about 20k and 50cops and one canine unit has no clue of a urban city…A promise was made to the revolters..remember the three pigs..hope their homes are made of stone.
More heartache to come..what was that a wopping 10.00 savings..Now you can wager the 18 municipal workers laid off will be janitors,public works agency aids and a few clerks
maybe the library..Speaking of pigs…wheres shamu? More to come…you anit seen notten yet.. 😐 [quote comment=”194964″]This mayor gave over $25,000 increases to her polictical consultants that sit beside her in City Hall on the taxpayers time and dime at the same time she is laying off workers. It is amazing what this administration gets away with.[/quote]

Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:32 pm

what happened legend…..DETAILS…..was the feast crowded, went last night but was hot and to crowded….

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Friday, July 23, 2010 12:25 am

Yeah, what happened? I hadn’t heard anything.[quote comment=”194942″]what happened legend…..DETAILS…..was the feast crowded, went last night but was hot and to crowded….[/quote]

Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:20 pm

after what i saw from the HPD tonight at st anns fest. get rid of them all…unreal

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