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City Lays Off K9

Associated Press

September 30, 2010

JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) – The financial situation is so bad in one western Pennsylvania city that even its police dog has been laid off. Jeannette City Council on Tuesday voted to lay off nine workers of the city’s 47 workers effective Oct. 5. They include three of the city’s 12 police, including Officer Justin Scalzo who handles the city’s drug-sniffing dog, Wando.

Police Chief Brad Shepler said the layoffs come at a time when the city is seeing a boom in drug trafficking. Shepler’s department is also losing its two meter maids and a secretary.

The other layoffs involved trash collectors and public works employees.

The city has a projected $440,000 budget shortfall. Some of the workers could be called back if finances improve.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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    fnmc22

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    Booooooooo!

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    Stiv87

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    My dept has layed off 5 employees since 2008 and we haven't had a K-9 since I've been here. I work for a county and you would think a k-9 unit would be on the to do list since not one dept in our county has a dog.
    Sorry that more officers are losing their jobs when it's the last place people need to be layed off at.

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    recon2819

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    i see no mention of city administration being laid off.. NO lets lay off the police... OMG...

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 3 years ago

    15274 Comments

    How about laying off the high priced council members or city officials instead? With some officers and trash collectors being laid off, who's left to "take out the trash?"

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10928 Comments

    I know times are tough all over, but if the city has continuing drug problems, why lay off the police, and especially the K-9 unit ??

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Laying off that many people, especially in sensitive jobs must make the citizens there feel like they should be armed to the teeth, that is how I would feel. And now that the drug pos's know this they will be increasing their numbers, greatly.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41200 Comments

    I can't anything. Well said!!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    The city need to stick up for the "underdogs." Sad

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    Sad

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    LAPD_JEDI

    over 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    In all honesty, who didnt see that the big economic bubble would burst? these financial "planners" are supposed to do what is best for the city (or their govt agency) and supposed to be financial wizards....everything is cyclical, the economy always goes up and down; they should have been able to foresee a possible burst and put money into secure investments; and not spent like crazy when times were so good......hopefully this decade will be a lesson for eveyone (unlikely, americans have a tendency to forget)...

    most of all, it is so sad when they cut police and show they are willing to sacrifice safety for the public before evaluating all of the social programs that are abused

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    Koda0317

    over 3 years ago

    354 Comments

    Really sad when public safety goes on the chopping block to save money. But lets continue spending like everything is okay.

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    Horses4life

    over 3 years ago

    72 Comments

    This is what our city it looking like they just spent 3 mil on new baseball fields, but then they went broke saying they where looking into layoffs and extended leave unpaid to save the budget. But to make things worse they are also building new parks and a new fair grounds.

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    mkiprotection

    over 3 years ago

    2384 Comments

    Really........................

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    Ryhunter

    over 3 years ago

    92 Comments

    boo

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Now you things are bad......I wonder what the under tow is here?

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