Over 400 Metro workers planning to take buyout

Over 400 Metro workers planning to take buyout (Image 1)

Some familiar faces in the Metro workforce are slowly disappearing.

Last November, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean proposed a voluntary buyout for eligible employees to streamline government and more than 400 workers are planning to take advantage of the deal.

Nearly 1,600 Metro employees are eligible for the buyout including Kathy Callaghan, a ballet instructor at the Centennial Arts Activity Center for more than three decades.

As a result of the buyout offer Callaghan is now considering retirement.

“It's been very difficult for me,” she told Nashville's News 2. “I've been here for a long time and we've built this dance division up to be a really special, special thing for these children.”

Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch is losing nearly 10% of his department.

“A lot of them are going to be missed, but we have good people ready to fill in,” he said.

Workers who are retiring include golf course managers and greens keepers, community center workers and custodians.

Lynch said the public will notice new faces, but hopefully not a change in services.

The city's finance director told Nashville's News 2 the buyout will eventually save the city money but not this year.

Those taking the deal have until the end of the month to do so.

This is not Metro's first voluntary buyout. It's happened twice before in 1996 and again in 2004. 

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