Calif. Dept. Looks to Layoff of Chief to Save Money

BENICIA, Calif. --

Benicia is considering a plan to layoff its fire chief to help close a $1.7 million deficit.

Eliminating the fire chief position would save the city more than $284,000.

The elimination would be part of a larger plan to merge both the police and fire departments into one public safety department.

If Benicia doesn't merge the two departments the city may be forced to make other cuts, which could include the elimination of two firefighter positions, a police night lieutenant position or a police investigations sergeant.

The city council will consider all of this at their meeting on Tuesday night.

The public portion of that meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Benicia city hall.

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