The Weber Area Council of Governments wants Utah's congressional delegation to investigate a planned reorganization of the Defense Logistics Agency.
One Defense Department employee estimates the reorganization could cost as many as 325 Utah jobs.John Stewart, mayor of Farr West and a member of the Weber Area Council of Governments, said his study of the consolidation shows handling and shipping costs are lower at Defense Depot Ogden than at northern California bases that will serve as the hub of the newly created Defense Distribution Region West.
Stewart, a supervisory management analyst at Defense Depot Ogden, also said his study indicates the reorganization could cost the Weber County economy as much as $26.4 million per year.
There is nothing to indicate the Defense Department conducted an adequate cost analysis to support its decision to make the Ogden depot a secondary distribution site, he said.
The base employs about 2,400 people, mostly civilians.
"We in Weber County need to know if those decisions are supportable and justified," he said.
"I wish he hadn't said that," Navy Capt. C. David Correll, Defense Depot Ogden commander, said Tuesday. "We're still talking concepts" on the impact of DLA's decision to consolidate 33 military supply depots into three geographic regions, he said.
The headquarters of the Western region is in Tracy, Calif.
"I just can't comment on what will happen, because it hasn't been approved yet," Correll said.
As one of the military's most automated supply installations, the Ogden depot has the lowest costs, the commander said. He hopes the base's efficiencies will argue in favor of its remaining a primary distribution site.
Weber County Council of Government representatives, including mayors whose budgets already will suffer due to cutbacks at Hill Air Force Base, unanimously approved Stewart's request that congressional offices be asked to review the reorganization to see whether it makes economic sense.
The Defense Department budget is expected to be cut by 25 percent by 1995, and every installation faces job losses. Defense Depot Ogden and Hill Air Force Base are consolidating their supply functions effective Oct. 1, and commanders at both bases have vowed that any resulting loss of jobs will come through attrition.