GREENVILLE — A longtime deputy clerk for Greenville has resigned from her position after her status was reduced to part-time as a result of the city’s recent budget cuts.
Deb LeFever, who assisted the city clerk and handled elections, submitted her letter of resignation to the city last month after holding her position for 16 years. She remained with the city until after the Nov. 5 election.
“The city of Greenville has had to make many budget cuts this past year which has resulted in some layoffs and some people losing their full-time status with the city. Unfortunately, after 16 years, I was one of those employees that were affected by these cuts,” LeFever wrote in a letter to her co-workers.
The position of deputy clerk was cut from full-time to part-time in June when the city council adopted its 2013-2014 budget, which City Manager George Bosanic said was “the most difficult” budget the city has had in the 22 years he’s been with the city.
“As we discussed in budget sessions, we were forced to make cuts in personnel, both full-time cuts and reduction in full-time to part-time,”
Bosanic said on Friday. “Deb was with us for 16 years and we appreciate immensely her contribution during that time.”
Bosanic said four full-time positions were cut and attributed that to declining revenues in a struggling economy.
“As the economy improves, hopefully we’ll be able to bring back staff members as we move forward,” he said.
In a written statement to The Daily News, LeFever, who said she found out about the reduction in hours by looking at the city’s budget in June, said she felt she “deserved more courtesy than the way things were handled.”
She remained working part time as the deputy clerk over the last several months, officially ending her employment Nov. 6.
“I have truly enjoyed working with all of you and treasure the friendships we have developed,” she wrote to her co-workers.