Police job cuts avoided in Hoboken

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that some of the planned police layoffs have been avoided and the rest have been put on hold.Zimmer said

HOBOKEN - Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that some of the planned police layoffs have been avoided and the rest have been put on hold.

Zimmer said in a news release today that the city has "accepted the retirements of five police officers and the written commitment of an additional seven officers to retire by Dec. 1" and another officer on disability "will not be returning to the force."

The city saved five jobs earlier this week through an agreement with the Housing Authority Bureau. The inter-local agreement calls for the creation of a Public Safety Resident Council which will employ the five officers.

The 13 proposed layoffs are postponed until Dec. 2, and will be canceled if the expected retirements occur, according to Zimmer.

The layoffs of 18 City Hall employees and demotion of 19 police officers are still proceeding.

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