The Lens' Tom Gogola reported earlier this week that the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) has lowered available overtime hours for deputies beginning earlier this month. The cuts, Gusman told the Lens, came in part after closure of the House of Detention and the removal of most state and all federal inmates from Orleans Parish Prison resulted in decreased per diem revenues for OPSO, Sheriff Marlin Gusman told the Lens.
Today, Gusman's announced that there will be additional cutbacks in the form of furloughs for administrative staff. The furloughs — which affect 25 percent of OPSO employees — will begin next week.
Here's the press release:
NEW ORLEANS – JUNE 1, 2012 – Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman notified employees of a furlough policy Friday afternoon. The policy includes top staff and administration but not the deputies involved in inmate security. It will require those affected to take one day without pay per two-week pay period. It will become effective on Monday, June 4.
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Gusman said that the action was necessary because of additional financial pressures on the Sheriff’s office. “The office is in a state of transition with the recent closure of the House of Detention and an overall reduction in the intake and housing of inmates. This action will not affect our deputies involved in inmate security. It will include approximately 25 percent of our workforce, including all administrative personnel and all of those at or above the rank of Major,” he said.
Sheriff Gusman anticipates the furlough will not last until the end of this year. “We regret the financial hardship that this furlough day may bring on each employee, but it is a necessary measure to avoid layoffs,” he added.