In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Jefferson County Judge and Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Robinson, has extended the Executive Order restricting public access to county facilities through May 15th to protect the health of county employees and the public.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Jefferson County Judge and Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Robinson, has extended the Executive Order restricting public access to county facilities through May 15th to protect the health of county employees and the public.
During Tuesday’s, April 7th Quorum Court meeting, Robinson announced that a few of his employees were in quarantine and he felt it was best to close the courthouse until April 27.
“We are in the midst of this pandemic,” said Robinson during the April 7th meeting. “We haven’t seen how severe this is going to be yet.”
Quorum court will meet Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30 pm.
On the agenda is a resolution certifying local government endorsement of business to participate in the tax back program, an appropriation ordinance to provide a supplemental appropriation to 100 county general-assessor, and an ordinance amending the budget for Jefferson County Arkansas for the fiscal year, January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, declaring an emergency.
On April 27, Robinson sent a memo to all county officials and department heads concerning the major toll that Jefferson County will endure in the months ahead due to the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19.
“While Jefferson County does not foresee any disruption to major projects that have been allotted funding prior to the pandemic, there remains an urgent need for spending reductions to ensure the stability, welfare and future of Jefferson County and its citizens,” said Robinson in his memo. “As painful as it is to do so, I am recommending a furlough of 30 percent of our workforce in each department until August 31, 2020.”
Robinson adds that each elected official will ultimately be responsible to ensure this is completed in the manner they deem fit.
“Please know that my office will contact Workforce Services to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible. ln tandem with that effort, the county will assist the affected employees by paying a percentage of his or her share of health insurance premium,” said Robinson. “We will continue to monitor our monthly revenue streams as our budgets are managed and adjust as needed.”
Public access to the Jefferson County Courthouse and Juvenile Court Complex building will be limited to county employees, court employees and elected officials having offices in or conducting business in the respective buildings.
The county will provide reasonable accommodation on a request of the judge of the courts.
Robison suggests navigating their website at www.jeffersoncountyar.gov to locate information for the county and for updates regarding county business and public health information.