Aug 15, 2014 7:46 AM by AP
The New Orleans City Council has voted to transfer more than $4 million in surplus cash from the police department's 2014 personnel budget to pay for other city obligations.
The council voted unanimously Thursday to transfer $2 million to Sheriff Marlin Gusman to help pay for court-ordered jail reforms and $2 million to the Fire Department for pension-related costs. Another $250,000 is being shifted to the Chief Administrative Office budget to help pay for vehicle maintenance.
The New Orleans Advocate reports the transfer comes as the police department is struggling to recruit officers to fill its rapidly depleting ranks.
Claude Schlesinger, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police, says taking money away from the department won't help its efforts to boost its ranks.
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