'Snow day' policy for county offices left up to department

Updated: Mar 24

MOUND CITY – If you need to visit a county office and the roads are icy or the snow is deep, you might want to contact that office before venturing there. The Linn County Commission on Monday, Feb. 21, decided to leave the decision on whether to close offices up to each department head.

Linn County Counselor Gary Thompson brought up a concern about the county not having a firm policy on snow days because it had been brought to his attention that some offices closed and some did not during last week’s storm.

Thompson told the commissioners that the county probably needed to have a policy about what different departments in different locations do on a snow day. If the policy is to let each department make their own decision, then that is fine. It’s just that there is not a clear policy. He said there were several remote locations that were kind of independent like the health department, emergency management, the solid waste department, the park and the court.

County Clerk David Lamb read from the employee handbook where it inferred that department heads had the ability to make the decision to close their departments.

But Thompson said that was not specific enough.

Commissioner Rick James asked if there was a problem with that. Thompson said that one or two department did shut down last week.

After discussing the issue, James said he thought maybe department heads could make the call but need to notify the county clerk’s office they are closing. The other commissioners agreed. Thompson said that he just wanted to make sure that the commissioners had talked this over to clarify the procedure.

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