JACKSON, MI – Ten Jackson Police Department jobs are among 18 positions being cut as part of a new budget approved by the Jackson City Council on Tuesday.
The council unanimously approved a $28.3-million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year at its May 26 virtual meeting, and then immediately approved an amendment cutting $2.6 million from that budget to help recoup projected revenue losses from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Just more than $1.1 million is being saved through terminating positions and leaving vacancies unfilled, per city documents.
The biggest impact of the police department cuts is to its cadet program, where three of four positions were eliminated, Director of Police and Fire Services Elmer Hitt said. Cadet officers respond to a lot of property damage-only