town of Cary
is handing out pink slips for the first time in recent history.
The city announced it will eliminate eight positions -- seven development-related positions in the Inspections and Permits Department and one position in the Engineering Department.
Thursday, the town council gave the town manager the go-ahead to lay off employees.
"This is one of the most difficult things I've had to do," Town Manager Bill Coleman said.
The downturn in the economy is blamed for the staff reductions.
"There simply isn't enough work to justify spending taxpayers' resources on these poitions. As hard as it is, it's the responsible thing to do," Coleman said.
Cary has more than 1,000 employees.
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