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City of Laurel not filling vacant jobs

By Ontario Richardson

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -  If you live in the city of Laurel and need a job, Laurel City Hall might not be a good place to start. 

Laurel Chief Administrator, Dennis Keveryn, says hiring is at a stand still.

"We have decided that as people leave their position we are not filling the jobs right now. It is not an official freeze, but we are looking at them real hard and so far we got about five jobs that we have left open as people have left," said Keveryn.

Keveryn says employees will have to work harder and in some cases pull double duties, but he says citizens will not see a change in their services.

"We are not cutting anybody off the street. What is going to happen is there maybe some lieutenants in some patrol cars for a while, and there maybe some captains filling in for lieutenants but we need the public to know that we are not jeopardizing their safety in anyway," said Keveryn.

So far the police department has lost 3 officers, and the Civil Service Director left at the end of 2010.  Keveryn says a public works position will also not be filled. 

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