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If the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are all laying off, reducing force and freezing hires, why do they spend the money in the employment section of the classifieds?

David Reynolds
StarNews

During the past two budget sessions the City of Wilmington has cut more than 60 positions by not filling many of the jobs that come open.

Still some jobs, especially in essential services like police, fire and trash pickup are usually filled when someone leaves, said Malissa Talbert, spokeswoman for the City of Wilmington.

In addition to turnover the city may also hire someone if they receive a grant for a new position.

Advertising helps ensure the city gets qualified candidates. Newspaper ads are good way to ensure the city gets local applicants, she said, adding that the city  buys the cheapest ads possible.

The city also advertises on Monster.com and its own Web site.

“We just want to support our community and make our citizens aware of the job opportunities,” she said.

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