Huntington lays off nearly 7 percent of workforce

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has announced $2.6 million in budget cuts and the layoffs of nearly 7 percent of the city's workforce.

The move announced Thursday addresses a projected $4.8 million budget deficit this fiscal year.

In a news release, Williams says the layoffs of 24 employees include 11 police officers and seven firefighters, nearly all of whom were recently hired. In addition, six civilian employees in the police department are being let go.

Williams says the state's second-largest city has "made every effort to save as many jobs as possible and continue providing essential services."

The move will leave the city with a $2.2 million deficit.

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