ORANGE - The city of Orange has rehired five police officers this morning after 10 were laid off in January.
The move came with federal permission to redirect an existing law enforcement grant.
The city originally laid off 50 police, fire and city employees to close an estimated $6 million budget gap. Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. said city officials would have brought back all 10, but had to deal with concessions the police union refused to take.
Officers sworn in this morning said they are happy to be back on the force, but would never want to re-live unemployment. "Just nervous trying to make the bills and payments," said officer Pablo Cajiga, who was fired in January after three years with the city's police department.
50 city workers laid off in Orange