Health Dept. to begin furlough days this Friday

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA - On Friday, September 3, 2010, the employees of Muscogee, Crisp, Marion and Schley County Health Departments in the West Central Health District will begin taking one day per month off without pay. 

"We regret this inconvenience to the community and appreciate continued support during these trying financial times," stated Ed Saidla, District Program Manager.

Please note however, the Columbus WIC (Women Infants and Children's) program will remain open this Friday.  Therefore participants will be able to pick up voucher's and obtain WIC services on September 3rd, while all other services at the Columbus Health Department will be closed for business.

The economic downturn has many state agencies scrambling for ways to meet our financial budgets.  

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, the Board of Health for the Columbus Department of Public Health determined that the best means to counter grant-in-aid revenue cuts was to furlough Columbus Department of Public Health employees. 

In addition, the Board agreed to review vacant positions as they occur.  Where possible, furlough days have been selected in conjunction with state holidays.

This action is not something any of our Boards of Health take lightly and they understand that it affects our employees and the communities we serve. 

"We are, however, thankful that we have been able to avoid this action for our local employees over the last twelve (12) months," states Dr. H. Banks Carroll, Chairman of the Columbus Board of Health.

The furlough schedule for the West Central Health District counties participating in furlough's for remainder of 2010 is as follows:

Furlough Day

State Holiday

Friday, Sept 3, 2010

Monday, Sept 6, 2010

Friday, Oct 8, 2010

Monday, Oct 11, 2010

Friday, Nov 12, 2010

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010

Thurs & Fri Dec 23 & 24th, 2010

 Source:  West Central Health District