Berlin among seven to be laid off in community development


Deputy Community Development Director Barbara Berlin, 54, was among eight Community Development Department employees issued layoff notices today (seven people are to be laid off; eight notices were issued because two employees have the same hire date and one will remain).

The layoffs will reduce the Community Development Department from 54 employees to 47, department chief Michael Niblock said. In addition to Berlin, notices went to building inspectors, an associate civil engineer, a public works inspector and an assistant planner, he said.

Three department heads were laid off in February. Before that, officials could recall no other time laying off any employee. Fifty-five notices went to police officers today and 38 more went to civilian employees.

“It’s been a tough day,” Niblock said this afternoon. “One of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.”

Meanwhile, Peaches Ehrich, president of the City of Stockton Management B&C Employees Association, said that in her association a supervising librarian was to be laid off.

Berlin came to City Hall in March 2007. She had previously been a candidate for the department’s directorship.

Earlier, Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes was outside City Hall talking to News 10’s Tim Daly about the layoff notices and the Stockton Police Officers Association. Here’s that.

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