Question please - E-mail to Largo City Commission
Is the city employee who is determining what jobs are eliminated and/merged actually finding out what an individual job actually does before a change is made?
From my many years in the business world I have seen countless instances when someone with a "title" makes decisions without finding out if the change will actually make sense.
Example .... because one position say the Water Dept. has the same "bookkeeping" title as a person in the Fire Dept. that in no way means the positions do the same things. A person who does the purchasing in the Water Dept. has a special knowledge about what the actual requirements are of that department ... vs. a purchasing position say in the Fire Dept. has the knowledge of the special requirements of that department. Therefore, to merge those two position may look logical on paper but in actual real life it will be very wrong ... and most likely in the long run much more costly. Policemen are in the big picture more important to the safety of Largo citizens than someone in another department, say the Parks and Rec. I in no way mean that the Parks and Rec Dept. are not important ... they certainly are.
Also, I have a suggestion ... why not ask Largo residents to volunteer for some of the positions? Have you tried? Surely there are retired people who have years of experience in areas that cuts have already been made that could help with the workload until Largo's financial situation stabilizes. AND what do we have a reserve fund for if not for hiring Police and Fire?
- Judith E. Jones
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