'Some' layoffs at the Riverfront Museum

By WEEK Producer

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Some lay-offs have been made at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to increase efficiency and sustainability, according to the CEO.

As the museum brings bigger names and attractions to its exhibits, the museum is also making staffing cuts of about a half a dozen positions. CEO Jim Richerson did not give specific numbers, but said most positions were part-time. Richerson says the restructuring is part of a continual assessment of the museum's strategies.

"We've been at this for six months," Richerson said. "We've had a lot of projections, our attendance is seasonal, understanding when school groups come here, and it was just time to look at our operations and look at how we can be more efficient, so it was internally generated."

Richerson stresses that the museum wants to be transparent to the community to keep public discussion going.

The museum came under scrutiny last month for not releasing financial information to the county.