Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s staff wants to eliminate most of the jobs in the solicitor and public defender offices and cut their budgets by up to 60 percent — an idea some City Council members oppose. The solicitor’s office staff would be reduced 72 percent, from 54 employees to 15, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The public defender’s office would be reduced 61 percent, from 28 to 11 employees.
The City Solicitor’s Office prosecutes roughly 200,000 cases a year. Brilliant place to cut staff from! Plus, WGST is reporting this morning that pink slips are already going out to Atlanta’s Fire Department.