Less than a week after the City of Tallahassee announced the elimination of 38 filled positions to cut expenses, Tallahassee Reports has learned that the City of Tallahassee is now seeking new employees to fill some of the eliminated positions.
The image below shows that two “Underground Utilities Tech” positions were eliminated last week. The position titles were listed as Underground Utilities Tech I and Underground Utilities Tech III. The positions were filled with employees making $29,387 and $40,905, respectively.
Tallahassee Reports has obtained a recent advertisement by the City of Tallahassee for open positions which includes “Underground Utilities Technician I, or II, or III.” These are the same position titles for two of the positions eliminated last week.
The image of the advertisement sent by the City of Tallahassee via email on July 29th is provided below.
The salary range listed for the job is $11.81 to $31.39. The low end of the range is less than the salary of the two employees let go last week.
Why would the city cut positions to lower expenses and then advertise to fill the same positions less than a week later?
Is this a one time occurrence or will other “eliminated positions” be advertised as open positions?
Tallahassee Reports will update this report when the city responds.