Parma police layoff orders rescinded

PARMA, Ohio (AP) - The mayor of Cleveland's biggest suburb has rescinded his order to lay off five police officers within a week.
The layoffs and a curb on police overtime came after voters defeated a $1.8 million police tax renewal May 6. The rejection followed the disclosure of alleged overtime and sick time abuses in the police ranks.
Mayor Gerald Boldt changed his mind on the layoffs Friday.
The mayor said he reversed his decision because newly appointed interim police Chief Daniel Hoffman asked for more time to study staffing levels.
Councilman John Stover called a pending budget plan unrealistic considering the police contract fact-finder called for pay increases that could cost up to $2.1 million this year.
Boldt has warned of safety force job cuts several times the past two year but has backed off each time.
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