News Tribune City Hall reporter Lewis Kamb reports that 166 city workers – including Tacoma police officers and firefighters – are being told today that their jobs are officially at risk because of $23 million of budget cuts expected by the end of the year.
The figure includes 48 police positions. Read more here.
Six Tacoma police veterans have told the city they will retire by the end of the year to take advantage of a $12,000 lump-sum buyout being offered. General-government workers who are eligible to retire can receive the buyout if they leave by Jan. 1.
Two of the department’s three assistant chiefs – Richard McCrea and Bob Sheehan – are among those taking the buyout and leaving the agency, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
McCrea, who oversees the departments Administrative Services Bureau, has been with the department since January 1983. Sheehan, who recently transferred from the Operations Bureau to the Invesigations Bureau, joined the agency in March 1981.
Sgt. Dennis Kieffer and officers Don Nelson, Chris Anderson and Bill Budinich also will leave by Jan. 1.