Cuts in Girard court staff



GIRARD -- Girard Municipal Court is experiencing a reduction in staff.
Timothy Riley of the probation department has been told that he will be laid off in two weeks. Riley said he has been told of the pending layoff but refused to comment further until he is notified in writing.
Andrew Pecchio, court bailiff, said Jack Duer, assistant deputy bailiff in the court, has turned in his resignation. He gave no reason for the resignation and didn't say when it was effective. Duer could not be reached to comment.
City officials and the judge have been involved in an ongoing dispute over court financing.
City officials have said the judge could live within his budget if he were to lay off two employees.
Auditor Sam Zirafi said Duer, a retired police officer who worked part-time for the court, would have earned 16,042 in 2007. Riley earned an annual salary of 34,300, which would be about 54,000 once benefits are included, Zirafi said.
Judge Bernard could not be reached to comment.

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