CCPOA, members bracing for more layoffs
By Sean Longoria | Record Searchlight
As the state continues to evaluate whether the Redding parole office will close sometime after June, officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Monday they're cutting at least nine local positions in April.
…a CDCR report detailing statewide reductions and staffing needs identifies the parole officers, a psychologist and a program tech as the positions targeted for downsizing in Shasta County.
…CDCR officials are evaluating whether to close one of several north state offices, with Redding as one of the possibilities. A closure wouldn't happen until after the end of the fiscal year in June…
Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti said he'd like as many parole officers to remain in the area as possible…He and Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko have offered office space to local parole agents in the event the Redding office closes, citing a desire to give agents as much time to supervise parolees as possible…(Full text at Record Searchlight)
Sources at CCPOA HQ indicate the union and state have been discussing another round of layoffs to begin with the new fiscal year.
Notwithstanding the Agency's insistence it will maintain current staffing ratios and caseload sizes and specs, union insiders express concern the state is cutting too close to the bone, cutting critical posts and overloading correctional counselors and parole agents.
In any event, as the excerpted article attests, parole is the canary in the coal mine every time–Here's hoping for a safe landing for the affected staff and their families. -