(KMOV) -- Chesterfield Mayor John Nations confirmed Wednesday evening that the city eliminated 19 positions, including positions in the police department.
The city cut a total of seven positions from the police department.
Nations said the economic downturn has reduced the need for city services.
"We are overstaffed. The demand on our services because of the economy is down," he said.
The population of Chesterfield is approximately 46,800. It has remained virtually flat over the last decade, Nations said.
The city also eliminated positions in the planning and public works departments.
Nations said even with the reduction, the quality of services will not be affected. The city will maintain its ratio of 1.7 officers to 1,000 residents.
The layoffs are immediate, but the employees will be paid throughout the end of the year.