He hopes it will be at less than 2,000 by the time he leaves office in 2014.
There could be fewer Frederick County employees in the future. Commissioners' President Blaine Young says he would like to reduce the county's workforce to less than 2,000 before the current board leaves office in 2014.
There are currently about 2,141 employees.
Young says what's being proposed is nothing new. "It has been done, and being done since 2008. So this is something that's been in motion for several budget cycles," he says. Since 2008, he says the county's workforce has been reduced by 15%. Prior to these reductions, it stood at 2,646 employees, according to Young.
He says the reductions will not come through layoffs, but through attrition. That is each position left vacant following a resignation or retirement will be evaluated to determine whether it should be filled. "We have 10% attrition each year," he says. "So through that attrition, what positions can be eliminated?."
Even though the county's workforce has been dropping over the past four years, Young says the staff is still able to deliver services to the citizens. "I can't find anybody who tells me there're been a severe deterioration of services," he says.