There were about 40 Genesee County employees on furlough as of Thursday, a situation that is saving the county about $75,000 a month in salaries. Along with that, its is saving about $99,000 each month through 41 “strategically frozen” vacant positions, according to a county official.

County Manager Jay Gsell has defined furlough as “a temporary separation where the position is still there and the employee is likely to be recalled.”

“We are trying to maximize the benefit of the savings for the people who are furloughed — the same thing with regard to the strategically frozen positions,” he told the Committee of the Whole during a meeting Wednesday.

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