Supervisors strike unfunded, vacant jobs from county rolls

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed staff to eliminate more than 2,000 vacant positions across three dozen Riverside County agencies as part of an effort to reduce confusion and waste in the budgeting process.    Supervisor Jeff Hewitt sought and got the entire board's backing for an expedited analysis by the Executive Office to identify both unfilled positions that are designated by the Department of Human Resources but are not funded, and those positions that are on the books and have been funded, or can be so immediately, but are not filled.    The study uncovered a total of 2,161 vacant unfunded jobs, which exist in name only, and 3,594 funded positions, where the slots are open and the money has been authorized to be spent on salaries and benefits.
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