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Commissioners approve hazard pay for frontline county employees

Commissioners approve hazard pay for frontline county employees

Photo of Henry County Fire Station 2 (staff photo)

On Tuesday, April 7, county commissioners approved a plan to provide hazard pay for frontline county employees during the Coronavirus pandemic. The hazard pay will be backdated to March 17, the start of Henry County’s local state of emergency.

Commissioner Johnny Wilson described the hazard pay as showing support for county employees that are on the frontlines of this pandemic. “This affects our staff and their families as county staff risk exposure to an invisible enemy while continuing to provide for county residents,” Wilson said after the board meeting.

The hazard pay includes an additional $2.50 per hour for staff out in the field with a high likelihood of coming into contact with potential COVID-19 patients — first responders, building inspectors, parks grounds crews, and meals on wheels drivers to name a few. Other staff that are coming into the office, like courts staff and communications, will receive an additional $1.50 per hour.

The board approved up to $800,000 from the county’s fund balance to cover the hazard pay. County manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews explained that amount could cover up to two months of the increased expense.

Commissioner Johnny Wilson is seeking re-election to a second term on the Henry County Board of Commissioners. Visit our public safety page for more information about Johnny’s commitment to support first responders.

Commissioner Wilson encourages fellow board members to pass shelter-in-place ordinance

Commissioner Wilson encourages fellow board members to pass shelter-in-place ordinance

Photo of Coronavirus (CDC photo)

On Tuesday, March 24, the Henry County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to consider emergency actions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Johnny Wilson vocalized support for passing a shelter-in-place ordinance during the meeting.

Commissioner Wilson commented “we need to look at everything we can do today” to help Henry County. He continued he is concerned about the impact to Henry County first responders and the local hospital as more residents are diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

During the called meeting, County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews relayed a message from Piedmont Henry hospital that Piedmont modeling shows their medical system will be full with patients by Thursday, April 9, if a shelter-in-place ordinance is not put in place by the end of this week.

Commissioner Wilson motioned to recess the meeting for one hour to allow the county attorney to prepare a shelter-in-place ordinance for the board to consider. The motion received a second from Commissioner Thomas and failed 2-4.

Wilson voted against a later motion to enact restrictions on non-essential businesses. He encouraged other board members to consider the information from Piedmont Henry in his closing comments.

Henry County residents may visit https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19 for the most recent information regarding the county government, closures and cancellations, and health resources during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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