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City is not over-staffed

City is not over-staffed

Over the last six years, The city of Brainerd has reduced the number of employees from 137 to 116 (a decrease of l5.33 percent). Services don’t seem to have suffered much, but in a few departments, overtime has risen. Even with a smaller staff, personnel costs continue to rise. For example, wages as well as health insurance costs have risen, worker’s compensation insurance premiums have also gone up and there are always ongoing/changing government regulations that need to be met.

Over the last couple of weeks, the four-person administrative staff, the city administrator and several staff members have been requested, by a couple of Brainerd citizens, to provide a considerable amount of detailed information. Some of the information requested goes back over 12 years of time. The information is public and it is the citizen’s perrogative to request the information. However, these requests have required many hours of staff time to do the required research and/or to prepare responses requested by the citizens. The research and responses go beyond the daily responsibilities of city staff. I have seen staff skip lunch or eat lunch at their desks, come in early and stay late in order to stay current on their job responsibilities and still meet the requests of citizens in a timely manner. We hire quality people to do the work of the city. This doens’t seem like a situation of overstaffing to me. Just thought you would want to know.

Bonnie Cumberland


BONNIE CUMBERLAND is a Brainerd City Council member.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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