"They're going to take effect," Lovelock said.
Without specifying, he said that every position in the department is under consideration for layoffs and it will be determined by seniority. The union contract calls for staff reductions to affect those with lesser seniority before those with more years in.
"As many as 14 and a minimum of 10," employees will be affected soon by the layoffs, he said.
Although the department is fully funded for 2013, the cuts are taking place so the force is not in poor financial shape at the end of the year, he said.
"It's called financial responsibility to the residents of Chesterfield Township," Lovelock said. "It's called good government. ... We have to do them now."
The cuts are necessary to keep the department intact, as opposed to disbanding the force in favor of a Macomb County Sheriff's Office contract, according to the township.
"I said from Day One 'We will have a police department in Chesterfield Township,'" Lovelock said, adding Thursday that remains the case.
Chesterfield Township Police Chief Bruce Smith has not responded to repeated requests for comment.
Smith previously said he hoped to put the tax proposal back on the ballot, but with a sunset provision, to avoid layoffs. The previous language called for an additional 2.5 mills to be collected in perpetuity to the existing 5 mills. Township officials and auditors called for more money for the force, saying decreased tax revenue ultimately led to a dwindling police fund.
The police tax was turned down by 52.3 percent of voters and favored by 47.7 percent, according to county election results and the Chesterfield Township Clerk's Office.
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