"$113,054 in management raises shifted to sheriff's budget. While about 40 positions are being cut, only about 20 actual county employees will be laid off as of Jan. 1. The other reductions are from retirements or through attrition. The budget also included an early retirement incentive for 91 eligible employees. Only 30 to 45 employees, however; are expected to take it, said County Administrator, Patrick Urich.
Sharon Kennedy and Jeff Lickiss resisted the move to put the $113,054 in the sheriff's budget, with Kennedy stating "that she has yet to receive a call from one citizen in the unincorporated Peoria County who feels threatened or that they are afraid to leave their home because of a sparsely staffed Sheriff's Department". Kennedy also showed 2001 figures that actual calls worked out to be 3.24 per deputy per day. Kennedy also pointed out that her company AMT transports psychiatric patients for the sheriff at no no cost to the county.
Kennedy also said, "We should have more money going into reserves. It hasn't stopped raining, you know".
Written by Jennifer Davis, Reporter for the JS on 11/22/02 when the county was faced with a 2003 budget crisis. So far, despite the fact that the state is in the process or has done so, laid off 2600 employees. I know of no layoffs as yet in the public sector of Peoria County unless, as rumored some teachers at #150. An estimated 9,000 were fired or laid off so far in the private sector of Peoria County.
We will see how it works in this crisis, far worse than the one discussed above.
Andrew Rand from AMT has replaced Kennedy and brings a businessman's perspective to the board. Lickiss was replaced by a politician.