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DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSION APPROVES HAZARD PAY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Douglasville, GA - Douglas County Commission Chair Dr. Romona Jackson Jones and the Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday evening April 21, to pass a resolution that includes hazard pay for first responders and front-line workers during the COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic. Employees who will receive the additional pay of $200 per pay period include those in the Sheriff's office, 911 dispatchers, Coroner's office, Fire and EMS department, Animal Services department and the County's landfill. Chairman Jones, Vice Chair & District 2 Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson, District 3 Commissioner Tarenia Carthan and District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider voted to approve. District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell, III was the lone dissenting vote.

"The total number of employees for the county who will receive hazard pay comes to 557," Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations said. "These employees are all considered first responders and frontline employees due to their heightened potential contact with the COVID-19 virus." Under the passed resolution, they will receive an extra $200 per pay period retroactive beginning on March 21st and ending on May 29th.

The Board of Commissioners voted to cap the funding for hazard pay at $900,000 which included funding for the community who need help as a whole and health care equipment. County Administrator Mark Teal announced during the meeting that hazard pay will total $541,000 with $337, 158 coming out of the budget's general fund.

According to the United States Department of Labor, hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship. It is also work duty that causes extreme physical discomfort and distress which is not adequately alleviated by protective devices deemed to impose a physical hardship.

As Douglas County continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones strongly felt hazard pay was the appropriate way to express gratitude to our first responders who have been consistently putting the needs of the Douglas County community before their own well-being.

For more information, contact Communications and Community Relations Director Rick Martin at rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us.





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