The city of Columbia has too many employees and should consider getting rid of up to 75 of them, according to an efficiency study made public Wednesday.
The city's clerical staffing, in particular is "extremely high" for a staff of 2,100, a consultant who helped prepare the study told City Council.
The study - the first external review of the city's staffing in memory - recommends eliminating up to 36 administrative and clerical positions.
The plan also recommends providing incentives to encourage 39 longtime city workers - many with 30 years or more on the payroll - to retire.
Those recommendations are among a series of steps from consultants looking to improve efficiency and cut costs for South Carolina's financially squeezed state capital.