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.