Cleveland's veteran cops and firefighters used to working past the mandatory retirement age of 65 could be forced out this year, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They have been allowed to work past the retirement date in the past, but now safety director Martin Flask can force retirements. He said he does not plan to force people into retirement in order to reduce the ranks, but acknowledged some will be made to retire.
Sixty-seven patrol officers face layoffs after rejecting cuts that city officials said would save $4.1 million next year. Police supervisors rejected cuts; 31 face demotions. The police unions instead offered to defer overtime and other payments and put dispatchers on 10-hour shifts to curb overtime.