New Anchorage Police Officers Could See Layoffs
The "bottom 30" met with Alaska State Troopers Wednesday to discuss job opportunities
ANCHORAGE - More than two dozen Anchorage police officers could lose their jobs, depending upon how much money is cut from the city budget.
The "bottom 30" met with Alaska State Troopers Wednesday to discuss job opportunities.
Some officers moved to Alaska from different states to work for the Anchorage Police Department. One of them says he took a 30 percent pay cut to be part of the department.
“It's always a possibility, but I prefer to stay with APD and in Anchorage,” said Officer Kyle Olson. “I know that's the biggest concern with the troopers, is I would be moving out of the community, and I want to stay in Anchorage, and with my wife's career as well, she's not going to be able to move around.”
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said it’s not just the police department he is concerned about. He said the city has a $30 million gap in its budget and all departments will have to share in erasing the deficit.
He said they have meetings almost daily to come up with solutions and said he would like the police union to consider making concessions as well.
“There's things that could be done, like a one year wage freeze. If the city has a $30 million gap and a lot of it is caused by the rising cost of employees, maybe it would make sense of the employees to say, we'll stay even this year and help out our young officers and other employees based on seniority,” Sullivan said.
The budget is expected to be presented to the assembly October 1.