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Virginia Beach faces staffing struggles after mass shooting

The shortages are leading to a backlog of work, with some projects being delayed by months or possibly even years.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Months after a longtime public utilities employee opened fire at a Virginia Beach municipal building, the city has become short-staffed in the divisions most affected by the shooting. 

The Virginian-Pilot reports the number of vacancies in both the public works and public utilities departments have increased significantly since the May 31 shooting. 

Officials told the newspaper nearly a third of key engineering positions in both departments are vacant. 

According to the newspaper, the shortages are leading to a backlog of work, with some projects being delayed by months or possibly even years.

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