City Fires All Employees, Outsources Police Work
Maywood, Calif., is '100% contracted'
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 3:35 PM CDT
Rank-and-file officers and staff applaud outgoing Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton at an "End Of Watch" ceremony at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Tough times: The city of Maywood, California, is laying off all city employees and hiring contractors for police work and all other essential business, the Los Angeles Times reports. Having been bankrupted by financial incompetence, the City Council decided to fire all 100 city workers. It will contract police services from the LA County Sheriff's Department and get street maintenance, finance, and administrative services from a neighboring city.

City Council members blamed what they called excessive insurance claims against the police department for the financial mess, along with corruption by previous councils. But critics pointed out that the current council failed to act on recommendations from an insurance agency. "You guys had the power to change it and you didn't," said the city treasurer. "You single-handedly destroyed the city." And, yes, she's being laid off, too.

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Jun 24, 2010 2:22 PM CDT
Why don't they just sell the whole town to a neighbor city?
Jun 24, 2010 6:39 AM CDT
Great idea. After all, the Bush administration outsourced the setting of American energy policy and that's obviously worked out well.
Jun 23, 2010 6:12 PM CDT
Good. I hope this won't be an isolated phenomenon, but that it spreads to a much grander scale. Only then will the extent and corruption of government hackery be fully exposed and remedied.