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Officers laid off during budget cuts asked to come back to Saginaw

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(12/17/13) - Officers Brian Wilson and Jeremy Holden were laid-off on July 1 as part of a budget cutting move.

Nearly six months later, the city is offering them their jobs back.

It's not Wilson's first time in the media spotlight. In May, he was named Saginaw's "Officer of the Year", not long before he was laid off because of budget cuts in July.

"It really has been a rollercoaster," said Doug Wortley, of the Saginaw Police Officers Association.

Wilson and Holden, both sworn-in more than two years ago, are being asked to come back.

"It's a great Christmas present for them, it's a great Christmas present for us, and Saginaw," said Lt. David Kendziorski, of the Saginaw Police Department.

An anticipated retirement and other resignations created the openings. Saginaw's police union president says both are eager to return.

"They've had chances to seek employment elsewhere. There are other agencies hiring, but they chose they like it here, they wanted to stay here. We're glad to have them. They're two outstanding young officers," Wortley said.

Their first day back on the job is expected to be Dec. 26, and they'll begin with training.

"Just to make sure that they're up to speed," Kendziorski said.

Wilson and Holden will come back to a smaller department than the one they joined in October of 2011. The ranks were cut to 55 this year.

It's been tough, but, "We have held our own. You look across the stat board, the homicides went up 4 percent, but all the other major crimes have been down," Wortley said.

While it's been a year of ups and downs at the police department, Wortley says the ride seems to be leveling out.

"We have a new chief, a new management down at City Hall, so we're all optimistic that things can move forward for us, instead of two steps back all the time," he said.

Chief Brian Lipe hoped to have their recall letters in the mail on Tuesday.

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