Updated with additional details about positions affected.
Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper announced Friday that he is ordering an immediate hiring freeze to address the projected 2011 budget shortfall. Cooper said he made the decision based on the latest projections from the city’s interim finance director.
“Conditions at the end of the first quarter, coupled with the recent report from the Edmonds Public Facilities District showing that we may spend up to a $300,000 over our budget this year, are cause for concern,” Cooper said.
The announced hiring freeze, communicated in a memo to the Edmonds City Council Friday, will apply to every city department, including police and parks. “As we continue to rebuild for a strong future, it is important to maintain our reserves and make wise decisions even if they are painful and difficult,” Cooper said.
The freeze won’t apply to the City’s Finance Director position, the mayor said. Positions that will go unfilled include two positions in the police department, one in the clerk’s office, one in facilities, one in development services and two seasonal positions in parks.
“With unemployment over 9 percent, city government must use caution and be responsible with our citizens’ tax dollars,” Cooper said.