Furloughs still on tap for Walla Walla County offices

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Budget constraints will continue to modify office hours throughout Walla Walla County, according to a press release by county commissioners.

Unpaid days off for departments are as follows:

Department of Human Services and Walla Walla County Public Health Department -- Jan. 14, Feb. 18, March 11, April 22, May 27, June 10, July 1, Aug. 12, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 14 and Dec. 23. Crisis mental health and residential support services will continue to be available seven days a week and dispatched through the crisis line.

Assessor; auditor (elections, recording, accounting, vehicle licensing), commissioners; facilities maintenance; personnel; public records officer; treasurer; WSU Extension -- Jan. 14, March 11, May 27, July 1, Sept. 2 and Nov. 14.

Offices and departments that will maintain current regular hours are: Superior Court; District Court; county clerk; coroner; prosecuting attorney's office; sheriff's office; jail; juvenile justice center and court services; emergency management; emergency medical services; and public works department.

For offices and departments budgeted under or funded in part by funds for general operations of the county, staff will still be subject to the equivalent of six furlough days, according to the release.

County courthouse doors will open Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. While the courthouse will be open to allow operation of the courts on otherwise declared furloughs, all offices subject to furloughs will be closed and no business will be transacted. Other offices remaining open on furlough days cannot transact non-related business or take messages or payments. Drop boxes will be available for some offices and departments -- the auditor's office is located by that office; treasurer's office is a drop box in the alley behind courthouse and the extension office has a drop box in door.

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