Commissioners Approve Layoffs

By: Kion Hudson / Melissa Brunner / Sarah Plake
By: Kion Hudson / Melissa Brunner / Sarah Plake

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Layoffs approved by Shawnee County Commissioners mean the end of a home health program for seniors.

Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to eliminate 15 positions. Nine will come from Parks and Rec and six are from the Shawnee County Health Agency's Senior Home Health Care Program.

The vote ultimately means the end of the program, which sees 145 people through a foot clinic and serves another 61 seniors in their homes.

Commissioner Shelly Buhler was the lone vote against the layoffs. The laid off employees will receive a severance package.

Layoffs also could mean the end for the Forbes Field Golf Course.

Three maintenance positions eliminated worked at the nine- hole golf course. Parks and Rec Director John Knight said he is actively trying to find someone to keep the course open and will try to keep it operating as long as possible.

Those affected by today's layoffs received 30 days notice and will have to be off county payroll by December 13th.


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