The city of Maywood has about 45,000 residents in a 1.5-square-mile municipality. They lost their liability and worker’s compensation insurance for their 96 city employees, so they decided to outsource every position. Some of the employees will stay on as contract employees and they have hired the LA County Sheriff’s Department to police the city (and laid off the 41 officers in the now former Maywood police dept.).
“Odds are residents will see the same faces as in years past, just under a different administrative process,” said Magdalena Prado, the city’s community relations director, who is a contract worker and is keeping her post.
Maywood is billing itself as the first American city to outsource all of its city services. In an odd twist, officials say it can provide even better services because the shift will help it save money and close a $450,000 shortfall in its $10 million general fund budget.
For instance, the contract with the sheriff’s department costs about half of the more than $7 million spent annually to maintain the Maywood police department, Prado said. And patrols will be increased.
“Our community will continue to receive quality services,” Mayor Ana Rosa Riso said in a statement. “Maywood’s streets will continue to be swept, our summer park programs will continue to operate and our waste will be collected and hauled as scheduled.”
This is a great example of lean government – cutting costs and being creative. Let’s bring more of it to Delaware!