An influx of overdue and unexpected state cash means Sonoma County government will soon be adding about 54 jobs in various welfare and aid programs.
The wave of hiring is a change for the county of late. Since the recession hit government coffers four years ago, the county has been focused more on shrinking its workforce or holding staff levels flat.
But the slow financial turnaround has recently unleashed some money due to the county for state and federally-funded programs administered at the local level. Those include services that assist and protect seniors and children, provide food stamps and oversee Medi-Cal and other health care programs for low income residents.
Sonoma County supervisors Monday voted to eliminate about 177 filled and unfilled county jobs, a decision that will result in the layoffs of about 83 health, planning, agricultural and maintenance workers. But board members will try to save a handful of veterans service and child welfare jobs and find nearly $600,000 to maintain funding to help the low-income and homeless.