Manchester hiring freeze is lifted
The board voted on Tuesday to end the policy, which had been in effect for the past several years and gave the mayor the authority to sign off on departmental hirings.
Alderman-At-Large Dan O’Neil made the motion at Tuesday’s meeting “to lift the hiring freeze and allow department heads to manage their budgets as the charter intends.”
Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig, who was one of the chief architects of the final budget, insisted that she remained committed to making changes aimed at controlling government costs.
When the budget was approved last month, Craig said, “There’s got to be a recognition that we need to make significant changes to health insurance, workers’ compensation and to Yarger-Decker.” Yarger-Decker is the system that gives employees automatic yearly raises.
“I certainly will be asking them to come forward with changes they recommend,” he said. “We can’t just continue the growth the way it has been.”
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