East Cleveland Police, Dispatchers Laid Off

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Several East Cleveland police officers, dispatchers and records clerks received layoff notices from the city on Wednesday.

Ten police officers and ten dispatchers and records clerks received the notices.

The cuts follow East Cleveland City Council’s 25 percent reduction in the city budget, and amounting to approximately $1.2 million.

According to East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton’s office, the city will reduce the number of officers on the street to four, down from 14, unless funding is restored. The cuts will also increase police response times to some calls, eliminate the warrant, traffic and narcotics investigation units.

In addition to the unit cuts, the city may lose up to $700,000 in revenue from the units. The cuts may also impact city services such as snow removal, street repair, street lighting and vacant property mitigation.

The city says approximately $400,000 in unemployment costs will be paid to employees, in addition to $50,000 in separation costs.

A mayor’s community meeting is scheduled to discuss the cuts. It will be held Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Helen S. Brown Senior Center.