- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - Wayne County Executive Warren Evans wants to consolidate several departments and eliminate another to cut costs.

Evans said Wednesday in Hamtramck that the changes will reduce the number of managers employed by the county.

Programs assisting children, families, seniors and veterans will be moved into a new department called Health, Community Wellness and Senior Services. The move is expected to save the cash-strapped county $3 million each year.

Evan also wants to eliminate the Department of Economic Development Growth Engine, leaving its work to the Wayne County Economic Development Corp.

County commissioners have to approve the changes.

Wayne is Michigan’s most populous county with about 1.7 million residents. It faces a $70 million deficit.

Evans announced a spending and hiring freeze last month for county government.

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