Bernalillo County’s newly declared hiring moratorium will not negatively impact public safety or externally (grant) funded positions according to Interim County Manager Tom Zdunek (Zuh dun’ ik).
The commission declared the moratorium at last night’s county commission meeting. Zdunek says he is proud that the county “has always taken a conservative approach to spending” and that the moratorium is only intended to keep the county budget stable should the economy worsen and the county experience decreased revenues.
Zdunek explains that public safety openings—such as those in the fire and sheriff’s departments and at the Metropolitan Detention Center—are exempt from a hiring moratorium. The same applies to positions that have already been funded by external sources and budgeted seasonal employment, Zdunek adds. All other positions will be reviewed and approved by the County Manager on a case by case basis.
“Let’s keep our belts a little tighter and soundly plan for whichever way the economy turns. Bernalillo County’s mission has been--and always will be--to provide a safe and healthy place to live for all its residents,” he says.
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