DeKalb cuts 807 jobs, then adds 244

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DECATUR, Ga. — The DeKalb County Commission voted to abolish 807 positions, then decided to refill 244 of them.

County officials say most of the 807 positions abolished Tuesday have been vacant for more than six months.

The commission agreed to give CEO Burrell Ellis more time to restructure. In the meantime, he will have new workers to fill many of the positions vacated by employees who accepted an early retirement offer.

Because more workers than expected retired early, the county says it has money to fill some positions.

Commissioners say they're waiting for Ellis to analyze possible outsourcing of county services. Ellis says his staff is working to identify essential services and prioritize everything else.

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