An eight-month hiring freeze, which was implemented in April to avert a potential financial crisis that could have left the city in the red by October, has come to an end, said Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.
Three Columbus police officers will accept promotions but will not receive their corresponding pay raises until the city lifts a hiring freeze imposed to help curb spending.
Columbus Air Force Base officials responded last week to a memo that warned of sweeping budget cuts in the upcoming year, including cutting non-critical and non-combat flying hours by 20 percent.
The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can’t reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
In an effort to keep closer tabs on taxpayer money, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday implemented a hiring freeze for all department heads.