The School Department increased by 223.6 FTEs. The continued focus on inclusion classrooms is apparent with an increase of 29 inclusion teachers and 53 aides. Other specialist teachers increased by 37 and general education teachers by 16.5. Various support and managerial positions grew by 61.
Public Safety Cabinet
Although city funded FTEs in the Public Safety Cabinet decreased by 58.8, this is due to an administrative re-coding in May 2017 of School Traffic Supervisors in the Police department from 1 FTE each to .41 each. Thus, the Police Department reflects a January to January decrease of 92 FTEs, even though the number of employees remained steady. The Fire Department had an increase of 33, which reflects the 75 SAFER grant funded firefighters that came onto the operating fund in September 2017 offset by regular attrition. The Fire Department’s FY18 replacement class was in February 2018.
The Streets Cabinet increased by 19 FTEs from 2017 to 2018. The Transportation Department increased by 29 by filling previously vacant Parking Enforcement Officer positions, while Public Works decreased by 11 due to multiple vacancies.
Mayor’s Office Cabinet
The Mayor’s Office Cabinet increased by 12.7 FTEs between January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. The Law Department increased by 10 with the transfer of positions from Police and Public Facilities as part of a consolidation of legal positions in the city. The Office of Women’s Advancement increased by 1 FTE by filling a vacancy.
The Operations Cabinet had an increase of 9 FTEs. The Property Management Department increased by 4, reflecting new security officers as well as new graffiti buster positions. Public Facilities also increased by 4 with the transfer of School Department positions to consolidate support for Build BPS.
Civic Engagement and Economic Development Cabinets
The Civic Engagement Cabinet increased by 4 FTEs as the Office of Neighborhood Services increased 311 staff to improve constituent response. The Arts & Culture Cabinet increased by 0.1 FTEs with regular attrition in the Library Department offset by 2 new positions in the Office of Arts and Culture. These positions provided additional support for the Strand Theater. The Economic Development Cabinet increased by 3.5 FTEs for additional operations support.
Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet
The Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet decreased by 7 FTEs from January 2017 to January 2018. The Parks Department decreased by 4 due to normal attrition and Inspectional Services had a decrease of 6 FTEs including several building inspector vacancies. The Environment Department increased by 3 FTEs with the hiring of a new Preservation Assistant along with filling some vacancies.
Health and Human Services Cabinet
The Health and Human Services Cabinet shows a net increase of 9.2 FTEs due primarily to targeted investments in:
- recovery services;
- a new 4 FTE EMS community assistance team; and
- the year to year timing of EMT recruit classes at the Public Health Commission (total increase of 17.4 FTEs).
The Elderly Department decreased by 10.3, reflecting attrition and the reallocation of FTEs split-funded between operating and external funds. The FY17 to FY18 changes at Boston Center for Youth and Families (+2), and the Commission for Persons with Disabilities (+1) relate to the filling of vacancies.
Information and Technology Cabinet
The Information and Technology Cabinet increased by 7.6 from January 2017 to January 2018. The department added staff to help with identity management as well as an additional data analyst.
Other cabinets had minor changes that are reflective of regular attrition and hiring patterns.