Pittsboro, NC – Below is the response from Chatham County manager Dan LaMontagne to the following email that appeared in the Chatham Chatlist.
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:59:46 -0400
From: Jay Niver
Subject: City/county cutbacks?
Private and public activity has essentially shut down as we know it, so I wondered: Can someone tell us how it has impacted our city and county employees? Police and sheriff come to mind first. Most everyone stays home; few are driving; businesses are shuttered, special events cancelled – doesn’t that reduce the level of need for law enforcement?
The list of Chatham County service cutbacks (from their website) is exhaustive, from DSS to the Ag Center, the Council on Aging to Parks and Recreation, the library, and more. Plus, courts are closed. How many Pittsboro and Chatham County staff been laid off, furloughed, or had hours reduced? Just curious.
Dear Mr. Niver,
Thank you for your submission that appeared in the March 29, 2020, edition of the Chatham Chatlist regarding potential cutbacks in Chatham County government due to COVID-19. We really appreciate your concern and want to reassure you that there have been no personnel cutbacks or layoffs within Chatham County government.
As a public service agency, there are many services Chatham County provides that are critical to the community and cannot be suspended. In many cases, the accessibility of our services during times of crisis, such as this pandemic, is critical.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the County has been proactive in a number of ways to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of our employees and residents that we serve. These include: adapting our operational protocols to limit face-to-face interactions with the public; following strict prevention guidelines such as social distancing, washing hands often and cleaning surfaces frequently within our offices; conducting large meetings by phone or Zoom; encouraging those employees who can complete their jobs remotely to work from home; and restricting non-essential out-of-county business travel.
Likewise, the need for law enforcement services during this time has not been reduced, but some specific needs have changed. As a result, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has shifted resources in order to better serve the public during this time.
In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order issuing a stay at home order, Chatham County government functions are considered essential and will continue to operate. However, we will remain vigilant and adaptive in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For details on County service impacts, visit chathamnc.org/coronavirus-serviceimpacts
For COVID-19 updates from Chatham County, visit chathamnc.org/coronavirus and follow the County on Facebook (@ChathamCountyNCGov), Twitter (@ChathamCountyNC) and Nextdoor .
Thank you again, and take care.
Chatham County Manager