For 2011-12, the city of Birmingham has authorized 135 full-time staff positions and 87 part-time positions.
During the past 12 years, the city has reduced staffing levels by 57 full-time positions — from 192 to 135 proposed in this year’s budget, or by 30 percent. This year’s budget isn’t immune from that decline; for the 2011-12 fiscal year, staffing levels will be reduced by 7.5 full-time positions.
Many of these lost jobs were eliminated through attrition, or elimination of a position not currently filled. Jobs changes for 2011-12 include:
- Half-time museum director to become part-time
- Elimination of one management specialist (City Manager and Human Resources)
- Addition of one police officer
- Elimination of three corporal positions (Police Department)
- Elimination of one assistant fire chief prevention officer (Fire Department)
- Engineering technician to become engineering inspector (Engineering Department)
- Elimination of two assistant foreman positions (Department of Public Services, DPS)
- Addition of one parks and recreation manager (DPS)
- Elimination of one assistant foreman in the streets, water and sewer department (DPS)
- Full-time assistant director of public services to become part-time (DPS)
- Elimination of one full-time secretary position
Staffing changes through the years
The biggest staffing changes have occured at Baldwin Public Library. The library’s proposed budget calls for three full-time staff positions to be cut in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, as well as one part-time position, reducing expenditures by $184,558.