Centre begins to bring back employees

BELLEFONTE — With Centre County firmly in the yellow phase, businesses have begun to re-open. With that in mind, Centre County Government has begun to bring its furloughed employees back to work.

Earlier this week, Centre County administrator Margaret Gray presented an update on those employees who had been furloughed.

“We are into our fifth week of the furlough, having started the furloughs on Monday, April 20,” Gray noted. “At that time, there were 60 employees who went out on full-time furlough, 20 went out on reduced-hour furlough and 20 funded vacancies were set aside at that point in time for 100 positions.”

According to Gray, there are now 30 on full-time furlough and 17 on reduced hours furlough.

“We were at 100 on April 20 and we are now looking at 67,” Gray said of the furloughs. “At the end of this week, our fund balance in terms of savings for this effort will be $304,688.”

On April 13, Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on to furlough, reduce hours for or leave unfilled 100 employee positions across 31 departments. At the time, chair Michael Pipe and commissioner Mark Higgins voted in favor of the furloughs. Commissioner Steve Dershem voted against the furloughs.

During the furloughs, the county continued to cover health insurance benefits for the affected employees.

Gray said that the Centre County Correctional Facility will be asking to bring back a few employees next week.

Centre County Government will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The Board of Commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. That meeting will be televised live on C-NET.


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