City discusses ‘separation incentives,’ Spring Break

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The City of Port Isabel’s attempts to save costs continue as the Commission considered and then approved a ‘separation incentive’ for City employees.

Last month, the Commission approved an incentive that would allow eligible City employees to take advantage of a $7,500 retirement incentive if they chose to retire within a 30 day timeframe. Under the incentive, three employees retired, but several more expressed interest, as well.

“We’ve had others,” City Manager Jared Hockema told the Commission Tuesday night. Those people, however, were not eligible to retire. Hockema suggested creating an incentive for employees who wish to resign from the City.

“It’s first come, first served,” Hockema said, explaining that the incentive would only be available to a certain number of positions within certain departments. Up to two incentives would be offered in the public works department, the police department, and at the library, Hockema explained. One incentive would be offered in the other departments, exclusive of the City’s emergency medical services.

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