Commissioners Approve County Layoffs

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - 15 Shawnee County employees will lose their jobs.

Commissioners approved the cuts Thursday on a 2-to-1 vote, with Shelly Buhler voting against.

13 News learned earlier in the week that commissioners would consider the layoffs.

Here is the report from earlier this week:
15 Shawnee County employees could lose their jobs and another 20 positions may go unfilled.

13 News has learned county commissioners will consider the layoffs and deactivation lists at their Thursday meeting.

Six employees face lay-offs from the Parks and Recreation Department because of recent budget cuts.

Employees have already been notified of the changes. County officials say it's difficult breaking the news.

"It's one of the hardest things, if not the hardest thing I've ever had to do is to sit down with some of these employees and tell them that," said John Knight, Director of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. "It pales in comparison to having to be the person that gets that message, but it was extremely difficult to extend that message as well."

"It's very difficult for everyone here at the county to go through this process and know that your co-workers, your friends are losing their positions," said Jon Thummel, Human Resources Director.

If approved, employees will receive their official 30 day notice on Thursday.

Thummel said senior employees slated for layoff may be able to "bump" less experienced employees. He also said there are a few vacant positions that they will try to fill with those being laid-off.