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.
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: