Associated Press - April 27, 2010 7:24 AM ET
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A study conducted by Georgia State University says DeKalb County's government has too many managers and should lay off at least 909 employees.
The DeKalb County Commission arranged the study in December while it dealt with a budget shortfall that has reached $100 million.
Results released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday say extra layers of management add costs and make it unclear who's in charge and slow down routine actions.
DeKalb has about the same number of residents as Cobb and Gwinnett counties, but has twice as many workers.
Commissioner Lee May, who suggested the study, says it does not take into account that 582 workers are leaving next month under an early retirement program.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
I'm just sharing this item because I think if a similar audit was done to DeKalb county schools, we would find similar bloat but to a lesser degree (at least the school system doesn't have twice as many employees as other school systems!) The worry is that the retirement pensions for all of these extra employees will literally break the backs of the taxpayers - as we now see happening in the city of Atlanta.