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County considers freeze on hiring

ROCKFORD (AP) – Winnebago County may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall.

Winnebago County officials are considering the cost-saving measure as they draft a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the Rockford Register Star reports.

The hiring freeze would last for up to 3 months.

Some department administrators expressed concern about not being able to fill positions if someone quits or retires.

Bill Hintz, the county’s chief deputy coroner, said he’s worried about the stress of losing a staff member or not replacing someone. The department recently replaced a deputy coroner who retired.

“If we did not replace that deputy, it definitely would have hindered us quite a bit,” he said.

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