Extra half-hour to be monitored during trial period


Beginning Monday, you’ll have an extra half-hour to conduct business at most Allen County Government offices. Departments under the direction of the Allen County Commissioners’ office, along with several directed by other elected county officials, will operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays starting July 28. Those offices had previously closed at 4:30 p.m.

The extension of operating hours is part of a proposal initiated by Commissioners that also involves flexible scheduling for county employees. The goal is to ease the burden of high gas prices on county government and its employees while at the same time providing more service to the public. Department heads and elected officials will be asked to assess the program after a 12-week trial period to determine if it will continue.

The following are County departments which will remain open until 5 p.m. starting Monday: County Commissioners Office, All Township Assessors Offices, Recorder, Building Maintenance, Purchasing, Treasurer, Assessor, Auditor, Human Resources, Surveyor, Highway Department Building Department .

In addition, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department expects tao begin offering extended operating hours by mid-August.

“Hopefully, this trial will determine if taxpayers see an increase in service while giving employees more flexibility for their work/life balance,” said Brian Dumford, Director of County Human Resources.  “We’ll continue to monitor the extended operating hours and make adjustments as needed.”

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