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DeKalb County’s government needs to slim down, AJC staffer Megan Matteucci reports.

A study by Georgia State University found that the county’s government is bloated with managers, twice as big as comparable local governments, and should lay off at least 909 employees, Matteucci writes.

The DeKalb County Commission contracted for the study of its staffing levels in December as it faced a budget shortfall that has now swelled to $100 million.

Results released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday show DeKalb’s extra layers of management not only add costs, but add ambiguity about who’s in charge and impede decision-making, the researchers said.

Those results surprised many, including Commissioner Lee May, who suggested the study.

“I do think there is room to downsize our staffing size, but it’s up to the people of DeKalb to say what they are willing to pay for,” May told Matteucci.

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April 27th, 2010
5:55 am

Sounds like May is backtracking. Why governments continued to grow during the rcession is beyond me. When I suggested to our sole commissioner that he needed to wake up to reality and have employees contribute more toward their benefits he said he wouldn’t be able to fill his positions. Baloney!

Paul from Marietta

April 27th, 2010
7:19 am

“…DeKalb needs too slim down”

How do these idiots get published when they don’t know the difference between to, too and two? LEARN TO SPELL.


April 27th, 2010
10:10 am

Over 500 employees are currently scheduled for early retirement but over 800 have applied. As these additional employees are processed that will help tremendously toward hitting the 900 employee goal.

old gold

April 28th, 2010
5:25 am

Cut them to the bone!!!!!!!!!


June 26th, 2010
5:53 pm

The difficulty with it is that it does not develop a clearly expressed thesis.