MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel has announced that Chautauqua County Government is currently working on a plan to reduce its on-site staff by 50 percent in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19).
These actions are a result of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s March 16, 2020 Executive Order to local governments to reduce their overall on-site staff by 50 percent and to allow nonessential employees to work from home.
“I am working with department heads on our plan to reduce Chautauqua County Government’s onsite-staff by 50 percent in order to meet the Governor’s order,” said Wendel. “We are currently evaluating our services and seeing where we can have employees work remotely from home and what offices may be closed or have limited services and staffing.”
The County Executive stressed that this reduction in staffing will not impact essential COVID-19 response personnel or public safety personnel.
“We anticipate having a plan in place by the end of the day on March 18,” said Wendel. “Once the plan is finalized, we will provide the public with more details on how this staff reduction will impact county government services and office availability.”