Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 7/1/18

Personnel changes

The Personnel Summary table at the bottom of this page, shows a four-year comparison of city-funded and filled full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

This includes both permanent and emergency employees. The projected FTE numbers used for FY19 are estimates based on the personnel funding levels contained in the FY19 budgets.

FY17 - FY18 FTE Changes

The total net increase in FTEs from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018 was 212.9. The majority of the growth was in priority area of Education. The City’s Position Review Committee continued to review all proposed job postings for vacant positions.

All hiring was scrutinized and only critical positions were approved. About 23 long-term vacant positions were eliminated in the FY18 budget.

School Department

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.

Streets Cabinet

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.

Operations Cabinet

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.


FY19 Projected FTE Changes

The City projects a net increase in FTE levels of 220.7 from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The majority of the growth is targeted in the priority areas of education, public safety, and transportation.

The City will continue to review the need for hiring into all vacant positions in FY19. Departments eliminated 10 long-term vacant positions in the current budget process.

Education Cabinet

A significant portion of the projected growth in filled FTEs from January 2018 to January 2019 is in the Education Cabinet. This continues the trend of the School Department accounting for the majority of position growth since 2014. In FY19, the School Department is projecting a net annual increase of 64.7 FTEs with increases for inclusion teachers and aides, nurses and psychologists. The department continues its rollout of inclusion classrooms.

The department continues its rollout of inclusion classrooms.

Public Safety

Historically, the number of Public Safety employees on the payroll as of January 1 of any year has fluctuated with the timing of retirements and new classes. In FY19 the projected January to January increase in the Fire Department is due to the timing of the FY19 class in fall 2018 as opposed to the FY18 class which came on in spring 2018. The goal of the department is to have enough firefighters in the suppression force to cover the minimum manning level of 262 and to reduce overtime. The Police Department is projected to increase the sworn force by 30 officers with the FY19 recruit class in the fall of 2018.

Mayor's Office and Arts and Culture Cabinets

The Mayor’s Office Cabinet has a projected increase of 7 FTEs, primarily due to transfers between departments. The Law Department will grow by an additional 4 positions since January 2018 with the completion of a citywide legal staff consolidation. Women’s Advancement is adding an assistant position, which is transferring from Neighborhood Services in the Civic Engagement Cabinet. The Arts and Culture Cabinet will remain level. The Office of Arts and Culture will hire a manager for the percent for the arts program, which will be offset in the FTE count by the transfer of the mural crew manager to the Parks Department.

Operations Cabinet

The Operations Cabinet is anticipated to increase by 3 FTEs. Intergovernmental Relations will hire a census outreach coordinator in advance of the 2020 U.S. Census. Public Facilities will add a project manager and a design review position to support the growing citywide construction program.

Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet

The Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet is expected to grow by 10 FTEs by filling vacant positions and adding targeted new positions. Inspectional Services will add 2 plans examiners to reduce the architectural review wait time for residents and developers. Parks and Recreation is adding two park ranger positions and the mural crew manager, who is being transferred from Arts and Culture.

Administration and Finance Cabinet

The Administration & Finance Cabinet projects a net increase of 2 FTEs with talent acquisition and compliance position in Human Resources and a new account receivable specialist in the Treasury Department.

Health and Human Services Cabinet

The Health and Human Services Cabinet will increase by 28 FTEs primarily due to key investment in the Public Health Commission’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS will add 20 EMTs to better meet the demands of a growing population and improve their capacity to provide a quick response to urgent calls city-wide. The Public Health Commission will also add 2 recovery services youth prevention program managers. Boston Centers for Youth and Families is adding 3 positions to support the re-opening of the Marshall Community Center as well as 2 new positions to allow for Saturday hours at the Condon Community Center. The Elderly Commission will hire a new housing unit position to meet the rising demand for assistance in this area.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Cabinet

Neighborhood Development in the Housing Cabinet will add a case management position in the Office of Housing Stability to meet growing demand for services.

Information and Technology Cabinet

The Department of Innovation and Technology in the Information & Technology Cabinet will add an in-house reporting developer.

Streets Cabinet

The Streets Cabinet is projected to increase by 22 FTEs. The Transportation Department will add 20 positions to support transformational investments in transportation projects throughout the City. These investments include 3 FTEs to better manage traffic signals to increase safety and reduce congestion, 8 FTEs (2 planners, 2 engineers, 2 maintenance/operations positions, and 2 forepersons) for Vision Zero to build 15 slow streets, 15 miles of protected bike lanes and fix 15 of the most challenging intersections in the next four years, and 6 FTEs for the City’s new transit team which will improve coordination with the MBTA. The Public Works Department is adding a data manager for roadway utility coordination. The Office of Streets plans to hire a manager to oversee operational reforms in the cabinet.

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