Glendale needs about 150 employees to retire by Sept. 1 in order to minimize the amount of layoffs that would be needed to close a $15.4-million budget gap for next fiscal year, officials said this week.
At a special budget session at City Hall on Monday, City Manager Scott Ochoa said talks with city unions to discuss the situation were producing “good positive feedback.”
Employees would have until July 13 to take advantage of the early retirement incentives, which have yet to be finalized.
[Updated 11:30 a.m.: A qualifying employee must have worked for the city for at least five years and be at least 50 years old. There are currently 388 employees who can apply under those terms, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz.]
The number of retirements needed to avoid lay-offs would change depending on who retires. If more managers with higher salaries take the option, then the total number decreases, Ochoa said.