50-Plus Security Layoffs Expected at Minnesota Hospital

Published: July 7, 2008

ST. PETER, Minn. – More than 50 layoffs in the security department at the Minnesota Security Hospital are expected by July 16 due to the Department of Human Services’ overspending, according to the StarTribune.

Sixty-three employees at the facility are likely to lose their jobs, while 16 at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center are expected to be let go. The Department of Human Services say there will be two rounds of cuts to make up for the department spending $15 million over the budget.

The announcement of the layoffs caught many off guard, leaving some to wonder why there have not been cuts to upper management. However, before the cuts are made, officials would like to hold a public meeting to discuss the situation.

Additionally, many are worried that losing security at the hospital could bring problems for nearby Gustavus Adolphus College. As it stands, the hospital houses sex offenders and the mentally ill.

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