SOUTH BEND, Ind.- South Bend's Department of Code Enforcement is shrinking rapidly, with at least three lay-offs in the past two days.
You may remember during the city's budget hearings, Mayor Pete Buttigieg wanted to merge the city's code enforcement and building departments.
The common council voted against that in September.
At least three people were let go Thursday and Friday.
Those slots will be filled by people from the building department, when the two departments are one.
The Director of Code Enforcement Shubhada Kambli said in a statement that, "the department of code enforcement is restructuring its operations to improve case management practices and outcomes. As part of this effort, certain staff members will no longer be employed by the department. We are working to help ensure career continuity through outplacement services."
The mayor's office issued this statement Saturday regarding this story: “Recent personnel changes in the Department of Code Enforcement are part of an effort to serve residents more effectively. The changes are not related to last year's proposal to integrate the Code Enforcement and Building departments. The administration's initial budget proposal for 2014 called for the two departments to be integrated, but the proposal was withdrawn pending further discussion at the request of the Common Council. To provide the best and most efficient service possible, the Administration remains interested in working with the Council on a possible integration of the two departments in the future.”