DPS reverses decision to lay off more than 100 older officers

El Paso News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has reversed a decision to lay off more than 100 older troopers, according to associations representing agency workers. The troopers are employed under an agency program that allowed them to retire and then be rehired in order to collect retirement benefits and a salary.

The department made a decision in December to cut the positions of 117 law enforcement officers to make up for state-mandated budget cuts for the current biennium, according to a DPS memo. The decision was followed by backlash from several state lawmakers who claimed the decision unfairly targeted older officers.

On Thursday, officials from the Department of Public Safety Officers Association and the Texas State Troopers Association confirmed the department reversed the decision, allowing the troopers employed under the retire/rehire program to stay on in their current roles.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/15/texas-dps-reverses-decision-lay-more-100-older-officers/.

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