JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned one woman was mistakenly given a lay-off notice by the city of Jacksonville.
City leaders are making tough choices in a tight budget time. They have to abide by civil service rules, which look at when people were hired. In some cases, when a higher job position is cut, that person can revert down to a lower job title and bump that person out. Sometimes there are public lotteries or drawing to make those decisions.
Rosemary Wesolowski thought she was being laid off. City Council President Bill Bishop knows her well. "Everybody was heartbroken when they thought she was leaving," said Bishop.
She works in the housing and community development division. Action News has learned a mistake was made when Wesolowski was told she was being laid off. "I think that one is very unfortunate."
We obtained an e-mail that Wesolowski sent out September 12th entitled "Thank you and farewell."
She told those she served she was being replaced after seven years with the city. A week later, another e-mail with the subject line, "Part of the team again." Wesolowski wrote a "mistake was made in human resources."
We asked Bishop how it happened. "Oops, didn't read it right. Oh you're still here. I chalk it up to inexperience of people doing work in the HR department and there are large volumes," said Bishop.
He says civil service rules can be complicated. While Wesolowski is back at work, other co-workers aren't so lucky. We asked Bishop if it could happen again. "It might. Who knows."
City leaders say all employees were given notices, but remain on the payroll through next week. This allowed them to hear any challenges employees may have had about the process. They didn't want to go on camera but sent us a statement. It reads in part, "We knew that despite our best efforts there could be issues. We asked each impacted employee to let us know if they had any concerns regarding how we applied civil service procedures in their cases."
Wesolowski did not want to go on camera.