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Layoffs could happen in DMV offices

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of jobs with the City of Memphis are on the line now that the state is taking over the Department of Motor Vehicles Inspections program.

The Memphis City Council's goal was not only to take the pollution burden of the whole county off of Memphis, but by stopping the funding to the program, it would save $2.8 million each year.

The discussion has now turned to the subsequent layoffs.

Memphis drivers support the state takeover of DMV inspections.

"Truly, if everyone is in the city, to and from, I think it's fair that everyone pay," said Memphis driver Harold Jones.

The change means everyone in Shelby County must get inspections.

It also means the jobs of 40 city DMV inspection employees are on the chopping block.

"I want to make sure there is fairness in the process," said Joe Brown, Memphis City Council.

Councilman Joe Brown shared his concerns for those city employees in Tuesday's meeting.

The Memphis chief administrative officer says they have space for some of those employees in other capacities.

"We had definite plans for nine of those employees and I will give you a list," said Memphis CAO George Little.

City council members will have further discussions about what happens to the employees.

"There's no reason I can think of why we wouldn't offer severance to those employees that are going to be affected," said Harris.

The state is scheduled to take over DMV inspections in the spring.

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