The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to keep modified hours of the Office of the Clerk Recorder/Election Department in place until Sept. 30.
Clerk Recorder Cristy Edwards had hoped the new modified hours could be made permanent, but officials said such a request would require a change in county codes.
The Clerk’s Office will be open to the public from 7 AM to noon, closed for lunch, and open from 1-2 PM.
While the original change in hours were put in place for just a few weeks to accommodate the department when a staff member was out on medical leave, Edwards said the arrangement has allowed for cross training of staff, more efficiency, cost savings, and less requests for personal time off, which adds to employee retention.
“This has significantly made such a difference in the department as far as having quiet time to do the work,” Edwards said.
Supervisors agreed to look at a permanent arrangement as the budget is developed for 2023-2024, but wanted modified hours continued longer to better gauge the impact on the public.
Election cycles will require the office to be open until 5 PM for campaign filers, Edwards said.