County Employees Are Losing Their Jobs

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

Two counties in eastern Kentucky are each laying off more than a dozen employees.

It could be a difficult holiday season for many workers here in eastern Kentucky.

As we approach the winter months, several counties begin to lay-off seasonal employees.

But in one county, budget constraints have caused unexpected layoffs, leaving thirteen workers out of the job.

It's a decision he didn't want to make. Last week Judge Executive Randy Thompson, and the Knott County Fiscal Court made the difficult decision to Lay off 13 permanent County Employees due to unexpected budget constraints.

“Especially it being the holidays, it was a heart-wrenching decision for me, but it was one that had to be made,” Judge Thompson said.

Judge Thompson says the county received nearly 300-thousand dollars less in Gas-mineral taxes than that directly funds the salaries of several county employees.

“We're trying to maintain and provide the same services that we've provided all along, with fewer people and fewer resources and it's a difficult task,” Judge Thompson said.

Floyd County's Judge Executive R.D. Marshall says his county is fortunate to not have to lay off anyone off...but he says, avoiding lay-off's can be a difficult task, “We take one day at a time here in Floyd County.”

Judge Thompson in Knott County however is optimistic about his county's future, though he can't say for certain whether more layoffs will be necessary.

“If out revenues return back to their anticipated budget level, then yes...we hope to call them all back,” Judge Thompson said.

Judge Thompson in Knott County told me that most of his county's layoff's were with the highway department, though he says there were layoffs in every county department.

Thirteen employees were also laid off in Pike County, but officials there tell us, they were seasonal employees only

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  • by lucyy Location: jjjjhg on Nov 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM
    I totally disigree with so called "digcussed" Randy knows what he is doing. He is the best Judge we have had..and you "ALL" KNOW ITTTTTT
  • by TIFF Location: KNOTT CO. KENTUCKY on Nov 27, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    In start i just would like to thank WYMT and Gray television for letting me comment on this subject, thank you so much.It like this grandmother says that randy thompson tells people he owns the radio station but she says a guy from pike co. owns it. But anyway he control the airways, he tells the story his way to best suit his case. And he has a lock on the local newpaper to what is printed and not, so the citizens in Knott Co. has no voice to express our rite to freedom of speech, he just will not let it happen, how sad.I would like say and tell everone were this is seen things here in knott co. is not what the judge is painting it to be he charges ever student and kid to use the sports complex if the grown up and older people use it then charge them. But come on do not charge students and kids,ever knott co. student should not have to pay. You yourseft said it(sports complex)had in one month a surplus of $50,000 dollars.LET THE KIDS IN FREE.Would everone come forward and lets get it.
  • by DD Location: Pike County on Nov 27, 2007 at 05:55 PM
    Pike County also laid off certain temporary employees which was four. One was a worker at the Pike County Animal Shelter which has really hurt the shelter because these employee's work 365 days. Since this happened, a shelter staff worker quit after 9 years of service, because of how the county failed the basic needs of running the animal shelter.
  • by not again Location: KY on Nov 27, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    Well, Well, lets see... In the decision of the lay off vote did they keep the newspaper vamp and her sidekick who runs the ATV and Motorcycle Training Center facility?
  • by Bob on Nov 27, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    Need not worry about Pike Co. They could lay off half, and no one would notice.
  • by Disguted Location: Knott County on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    I dont know any of the men and women laid off... but I can promise you that none of the people that have jobs the county doesnt NEED got laid off and if we had someone in office that KNEW how to run this county things like this wouldnt happen. Its winter time and the highway department is getting laid off, but we have a sports complex FULLY STOCKED with workers and people around the courthouse who have personal assistant???? PLEASE... I can't wait until this man is seen for who and what he truley is.
  • by Tiff Location: Knott Co. Kentucky on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:47 PM
    Well Well Well we need water here in nott co.,it look like MR.(JUDGE)RANDY TOM Has called the shots agian hummmm. It must really take alot (MONEY)to keep the barn yard basket-(BOB)-ball up and open.Hummmm.JUDGE,MONEY,BOB,hummmm.13county employees would go a long ways BOB Yes lets do it.And if this does not(WORK)I JUDGE will cut some more. Shame,Shame Shame.Who do they think they are snowing.MR.JUDGE What about us kids that can not really afford to pay to play. Nott Co. is a real,real poor county.Was not the place builded for the young in mind.Not so you could give some of your VOTER FRIENDS a job, and one of them is a retared STATE EMPLOYEE. All i can say is 3 more years from now some of us will be able to VOTE and the young in heart always has good mind over matter.That is if you (JUDGE) have not ben put in the POKEE (behind bars).


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