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Waiting for the Ax to Fall in Pr. George's

Friday is D-Day for as many as 125 government employees slated to be laid off in Prince George's County, but there is no word from County Executive Jack B. Johnson's office as to where the cuts will be made.

Affected employees will be notified Friday, with an effective date of November 1. The layoffs come in response to a recent $22.7 million cut in state funding for the county.

Johnson's spokesman, James P. Keary, said a list of how many employees will be laid off from various departments was not available Thursday. He also said the county's human resources office is checking with its lawyer to make sure that information is public, since it relates to personnel matters. The Washington Post has not requested the names of affected employees, merely the number of layoffs from each department and which types of positions will be lost.

Meanwhile, police union chief Vince Canales says he is waiting with baited breath for the layoffs. He said that as of Thursday, he has been assured that no sworn or civilian police employees would be affected, although some vacant police positions might be trimmed.

Canales said he opposes layoffs just the same.

"In my mind, I know they are sitting on some money," said Canales, referring to the county's untapped rainy-day fund of $182 million. "It's going to be a shame that there would be any cuts at this point in time."

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 1, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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