The slumping economy has prompted the Montgomery County Commissioners to impose an immediate hiring freeze and ban travel by county employees until the end of the year.
"I don't think we are looking at any layoffs but each person working for the county is going to be more important each day that we go on because of restrictions in hiring," Commissioners' Chairman James R. Matthews told reporter Margaret Gibbons.
The county currently has a staff of 3,734 employees including 3,247 full time employees and 487 part-time employees, Gibbons says. The commissioners also barred any overnight travel by employees and department heads, Gibbons says.
Pennsylvania ordered a hiring freeze and travel ban last week. Gov. Ed Rendell also directed his Cabinet departments to cut expenses by 4.25 percent.
Read Gibbons's full story in The Norristown Times-Herald.