SHAMOKIN — Shamokin’s police department will lose two full-time officers and two part-time meter officers under a spending plan approved Monday night.
The cuts are less severe than anticipated. On Sunday, Shamokin’s mayor said four full-time officers were in line to be laid off.
The 2014 budget okayed by city council also furloughs one employee of the streets department and changes a secretary in the codes office from full-time to part-time.
Shamokin police chief Ed Griffiths says the furloughs leave his department with nine full-time officers.
The chief tells Newswatch 16 he is hopeful that council can find a way to restore the positions in the new year.