Police, Public Works Among $356K In Topeka City Manager Cuts

Topeka City Manager Jim Colson outlined the $356,000 in cuts he made, in response to a mandate from the Topeka City Council when the group passed its 2014 budget.

Jim Colson, Topeka City Manager

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police and Public Works positions are among those targeted by City Manager Jim Colson in making required budget reductions.

Colson outlined the moves Tuesday night for Topeka City Council members. The council mandated Colson make $356,000 in cuts when the group passed its 2014 budget.

Colson eliminated two police department positions. One is a deputy chief's position that was unfilled, saving $147,867.84. The other is a major's slot vacant through retirement, that trims $138,265.29. In addition, Colson said TPD was able to reduce operational costs by $9,293.70.

Some of the police department savings will be redirected toward adding two patrol officer positions at a cost of $56,000 each.

Colson also eliminated the director of buildings and general services position in Public Works, at a general fund savings of $87,458.17, and an emergency management position from the fire department was consolidated with a vacant public works position, trimming another $85,115.05.


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