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Modesto city manager accepts 62 early retirement applications

Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff has accepted all 62 early retirement applications he received as part of an effort to reduce the city’s payroll.

He also accepted both of the applications for voluntary buyouts he received from employees who are not eligible for retirement.

The city is withholding names and a breakdown of how many workers are leaving each department because employees have a window to rescind their early retirement requests.

In some cases, final separation agreements won’t take effect until May 11, city spokeswoman Jessica Smart said. Nyhoff has said the city likely would eliminate about 100 positions out of its roughly 1,200 person work force.

Modesto faces a $2 million budget shortfall for the financial year that ends June 30, and $12 million to $15 million in cuts for the budget that begins July 1.

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