Sheriff Seeking More Deputy Positions Loses Lawsuit Against County

In his 2015 requested budget, Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin asked the County for funding for an additional 119 deputy sheriff positions and an additional 58 correction officer positions. The County’s 2015 budget only authorized an additional 17 deputy sheriff positions. In response, the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs Association and Clarke jointly filed a complaint against the County seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and a writ of mandamus….

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Holyoke Budget Problems Surge With Fire Department Miscalculation

HOLYOKE, MA – The City Council Tuesday voted to order a hiring freeze that will have limited reach given the mayor’s jurisdiction over hiring, but other, potentially large cost issues featuring a Fire Department miscue could pound the city. Because of a miscalculation in the number of firefighter salaries and the expiration of a grant sooner than expected, officials learned Thursday the Fire Department had a budget shortfall of…

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TRO Requires Illinois To Pay Employees

The 2016 fiscal year began in Illinois on July 1, 2015. The Governor vetoed a budget passed by the Legislature, and the fiscal year began with no State budget in effect. As a result, there was no appropriation in place to authorize the payment of salaries to most State employees. However, State employees were directed to report to work, and they complied with the directive. On July 2, several…

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‘Firefighter Of The Year’ Faces Layoff Without Federal Grant

SAGINAW, MI – He’s just 24 years old, but Saginaw firefighter Brandon Hausbeck already has earned the respect of his department. In 2014, he was given the department’s “Firefighter of the Year” award. Less than a year later, though, Hausbeck’s job could become a casualty of budget cuts if the department cannot secure another federal grant to cover operating costs. Hausbeck is among 13 firefighters who could be laid…

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