Skip to main content

Minneapolis reconsiders 5-year-old hiring freeze


Minneapolis City Council members are mulling a thaw in the city's hiring freeze, which dates to 2008, MPR News reports.

The panel's Ways and Means Committee is expected to discuss the issue on Tuesday.

The freeze was accompanied by layoffs of dozens of employees and the elimination of 300 positions. It was implemented as the nation was plunging into a financial crisis and the city faced fiscal instability, especially as Local Government Aid from the state dried up and stock market losses put pressure on the city's ability to pay pensions.

"Every sector of the economy is feeling the impact of this financial crisis, and certainly government is not immune," Mayor R.T. Rybak said at the time.

But city officials say department managers have found cost savings in streamlined operations, and that the freeze is no longer necessary to keep Minneapolis finances stable, MPR reports. Here's a three-page summary document from the city on the freeze, including more detail on how many positions have been eliminated over the last few years.

Earlier this year, the city hired its first new firefighters in five years.

Next Up

school bus stop pixabay

School bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run will plead guilty

Another motorist told the driver to call 911, but he instead got on the bus and drove off, charges say.

Franconia Sculpture Park - Lorie Shaull - Flickr

5 outdoor destinations to explore around the Twin Cities

There's something for everyone on this list of overlooked spots.

Child mental health counseling

As pandemic continues, so do efforts to improve child mental health access

Children's Minnesota has announced it will open its first inpatient mental health facility for under 18s.

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook suffered torn labrum, dislocated shoulder

Cook is now dealing with a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum on both sides of his body, according to a report.

Tanner Morgan

Tanner Morgan returning to Gophers for 6th season

One Gophers QB has already entered the transfer portal.

Allina Health Richfield - 407 W 66th St, Richfield, Minnesota - June 2019 - CROP

Charges: Clinic locked down after man tried to enter, threatened passersby

Staff at the clinic suspected he was intoxicated, according to the complaint.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, November 29

The state's latest report includes data from the Thanksgiving break.

unsplash - woman sick coughing - CROP

Long COVID: Review of Mayo patients may provide new clues

The researchers summarized three "major novel findings" from the data.

Joe Biden

Biden's visit to MN will include stop at Dakota County Technical College

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed earlier this month.

Brooklyn Center police

Victim of 'accidental' shooting ID'd as 23-year-old Duluth woman

The 23-year-old died three days after being shot while sitting in a parked vehicle.


Motorist dead after crashing into utility pole in south Minneapolis

The crash happened Saturday night in the South Uptown neighborhood.

police lights

St. Cloud mother arrested after 3-month-old baby found dead

Officers discovered the baby during a welfare check Sunday.