By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Many County of Sonoma government offices will be closed or reducing their hours over a two-week period around Christmas and New Years as part of an effort to trim county labor costs.
The closures and reduced hours will begin Dec. 23 and run through Jan. 2. All county offices will reopen with regular hours on Jan. 3.
Law enforcement, water delivery, transportation and some health services offices will not be affected by the holiday schedule.
Sixteen departments, including administrative and financial offices, will be closed for the entire period. About 15 offices, including the District Attorney, Clerk/Recorder, Public Defender and Emergency Services offices, will offer reduced hours, while eight offices will operate on regular schedules.
The change is in conjunction with the county’s mandatory time-off program. The unpaid furloughs are expected to save about $4 million in labor costs this fiscal year.
“County employees are taking 8 unpaid days off this fiscal year and the winter office closure reflects 5 of those days,” the county said in a statement on its website. “We appreciate your patience and understanding during the time that our office is closed.”
A similar effort was carried out last year and in 2003 and 1994.