Employees in the county health department have seen reduction in work hours due to budget constraints. The reductions, spread across five positions, are the equivalent of one full-time department employee reduction.
Two employees working in the federally funded WIC program (Women, Infants and Children) have been reduced from 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) to 0.8 FTE due to federal funding cuts to the program.
A county public health nurse had the same reduction in hours due to federal and state funding cuts to local programs.
And two environmental health department employees are now working at 0.8 FTE due to the slow local economy and department inspection levels at a 15-year low, explained Bonnie Koehler, health department director.
"As the 2014 budget process proceeds, we are working with administration trying to find ways to backfill the positions with work in other programs, hoping eventually to bring them back to full time," Koehler said.
The employees will not suffer any reduction in their employer-paid health benefits due to the cutbacks in hours because the reductions were not voluntary, according to the county human resources department. Vacation time and sick leave are pro-rated based on the current number of hours being worked.blog comments powered by Disqus