NEWS RELEASE   12/2/2011

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EMERGENCY MANAGER MICHAEL BROWN SAID CUTS AT CITY HALL NEEDED TO START AT THE TOP.
Brown made the comments just hours after terminating seven city staff positions and eliminating pay and benefits for the mayor and all nine city council members.

"We've got such a deep hole in the budget and finances, I needed to start at the top if you will," Brown said. "There were some positions in management, and I think part of that is just sending the right message out there that everybody’s got to sacrifice here."

Brown said the city "can't have the same staffing level" that it has now, and warned that more cuts are coming.

"None of this is easy but there's a start here," he said. "There's more to come. It has to come and I'm going to go back and do that."

Brown said all of his written orders will be put up on the city's website so the public can view them.

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