Two commissioners set
4-day, 10-hour work week
San Jacinto News- Times - July 2008
COLDSPRING – Geared at cutting gasoline costs and saving on utility expenses, two San Jacinto County Commissioners announced plans Monday to move to a four-day work schedule. Pct. 1 Commissioner Michael Griffi th and Pct. 3 Commissioner David Brandon told the court their offi ce personnel will work Monday through Thursday, 10-hours per day, beginning Monday, Aug. 4.
The new offi ce hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Griffi th and Brandon said they will be able to save the county money on utility costs while their offi ce employees will be able to save on rising gasoline expenses. The county’s road and bridge employees have been operating on a four-day work schedule (Monday through Thursday) for several years. Giving an example of gasoline expenses, Griffi th said he recently purchased 1,000 gallons of gasoline and 2,000 gallons of diesel for $12,000.
“The gasoline will last about one and onehalf weeks and the diesel about a month,” Griffi th said. Griffi th furnishes gasoline for his precinct as well as for Precinct 4, the volunteer fi re departments and the county sheriff’s department. The court will consider going to a 10-hour per day, four days a week work schedule for other county employees in the courthouse and annex during the next commissioners’ court meeting scheduled Wednesday, July 23. Griffi th noted that while employees are going to a four-day work schedule, elected offi - cials are still available to the public 24-hours, seven days a week.