EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A tight budget has forced East St. Louis to lay off seven more employees, leaving the city's police officers without a support staff.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the latest layoffs include Police Chief Michael Floore's secretary, the department's director of community programs and a records room employee responsible for logging all of the city's tows.
The city also cut employees in the mayor's office, the city clerk's office and the city treasurer's office.
Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says there is a bright side for his city because no police officers will be laid off. Parks says officials did everything they could to avoid cutting officers.