Commissioners share plan for each county department

Washington County Commissioners held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the Washington County Continuity of Operations Plan.

The plan, which lists each county government office, gives a breakdown for how each department is handling the shutdown declared by Gov. Mike DeWine.

“Some are closed to the public,” said Commissioner David White. “All department heads determined their own policies.”

In his prepared statement, Commission President Ron Feathers said services will continue for law enforcement and protective and human services In addition, county utilities will continue being provided and emergency personnel will be available.

Some of the listings of the plan include:

• The adult parole authority will be open to the public and a visitor’s list will be left with security for each day’s appointments.

• The county auditor’s office is open by appointment only and visitors must check in with security.

• The building department is access by appointment only and inspectors are not entering private residences for inspections.

•The clerk of courts is closed to the public.

• For the commissioner’s office, it is business as usual, with Thursday public meetings limited to no more than 10 people.

• Pre-trials and conferences will be held via phone calls for the common pleas court. Civil trials will be continued until May, with the grand jury to proceed as usual.

• Family and Children First’s office is closed for in-person visits, with all home visits canceled.

• The health department’s front door will be secured and all visits are by appointment.

• Job and Family Services is open to the public and interviews will be conducted in the lobby to ensure physical distance between people.

• The juvenile and probate divisions will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

•The recorder’s office will have restricted access. Visitors must call for an appointment.

• Background checks and concealed carry permit applications will be processed through the sheriff’s office civil division without appointment.

• The criminal division’s entrance will be locked, and visitors will communicate with dispatch through an intercom. Arson and sex offenders will register by phone.

•The jail will be closed for in-person visits.

The continuity plan will be updated, as things have been quickly changing.

“It’s surprised all of us how quickly things are moving and changing,” said Commissioner Kevin Ritter.

The plan will be added to the quick links section of washingtongov.org, commissioners said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• No county business is scheduled except that deemed essential.

• Citizens are encouraged to call the government office before visiting.

•Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should call their primary care physician first.

•The Washington County Continuity of Operations Plan was set by department heads.

• It lists how each department is handling the shutdown.

•Source: Washington County Board of Commission.


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