INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Over 40 state workers started New Year's Eve with an unpleasantmorning chore. They had to turn in their work gear and hit theunemployment rolls.
"This is not the kind of retirement going away I'd anticipated,"said Jay Ellis.
Ellis spent 30 years with the Indiana State Police, most of themout on the road, checking trucks and buses for safety problems.
Thursday, Ellis and 41 other Motor Carrier DivisionInspectors turned in their cars, keys and equipment.
"I understand the need to cut back on the budget," Ellis said."But to come in after this many years as a good employee and say,'We're done with you and out the door you go?'"
Fellow out-of-work inspector Tim Marriott said, "They could havedone it with a little more professionalism and a little moretact."
Marriott sees irony and trouble in the timing. His last day onthe road was the same day
"And now you're taking people off the road," Marriott said. "Idon’t know what's going to happen to public safety now. Idon't know."
Though they drive squad cars, inspectors are civilianemployees who do not carry firearms.
The cuts leave ISP with less than half the number ofinspectors the department had the day before.
ISP leaders said troopers will take over some of the choresthe inspectors usually do.
The Noblesville Police Department says a 16-year-old girl who was shot late Sunday night died from her injuries.
Two men were arrested overnight after police say they stole a car and led officers on a chase.
Fire officials say a civilian medic was injured early Monday morning in a house fire.