Some residents and council members pushed back on that idea saying the city should demonstrate appreciation for the city's first responders who have faced the threat of contracting coronavirus and have also responded to protests that began following the deaths of two Black men.
Police, fire and 911 communications account for more than half of the city’s 422 full-time employees. The city employs 157 in the police department and 911 communications, and 99 in the fire department.
“We’ve spent time worrying about our police officers, making sure you all feel loved and the morale there,” Councilman Jason Binder said. “We’ve also been staying up nights concerned to make sure that all of our employees will be taken care of … to make sure that we won’t have to do any furloughs.”
Alpharetta currently has a hiring freeze. Before the pandemic, six new full time positions were included in the 2021 budget. A statement from the city said the positions will remain vacant until a funding source becomes available and there is pressing work that justifies hiring.