Freeborn Co. calls off Public Health layoffs

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Freeborn County leaders rescinded layoff notices for 19 county employees Tuesday.

All employees in Public Health will keep working after clarifications and rulings by the state’s “special master” since the county sent out notices July 1, according to Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever.

However, Kluever said the notices sent out to 12 employees in Human Services will remain in effect. They take effect at the end of the day Friday if no state solution has been reached.

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Though some layoffs are still possible, Kluever said he is relieved some will be rescinded.

“It weighs heavy on your mind,” he said. “You’re trying to do what’s in the best interest of the county, but at the same time you’re dealing with human beings too.”

The layoffs will affect two staff in the options program in the Crime Victims Crisis Center, one employee with child protection, four social workers and one case aid worker.

The county continues to collect information day by day as new rulings are made and clarifications are made about the shutdown.

County officials have been trying to get a better feel for what if any delays in funding may be taking place and what potential risks there are that the state may not reimburse the county for certain services provided during the shutdown.