Everything from paying water bills to adopting puppies will be more convenient starting tomorrow as Howard County offices begin staying open an hour longer, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The longer hours -- they were 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. -- come from a personnel overhaul initiated by County Executive Charles I. Ecker.
The new system makes a 40-hour workweek standard for full-time county employees. Before, more than one-third had 35-hour weeks. Those making the change will be paid for the extra five hours each week.
The county's 1,940 employees are also getting new job descriptions, classifications and salaries under the new system, approved by the County Council in July.
The county is paying $3.75 million to $4.8 million in extra salary costs in the first year of the system, but Ecker says it will be more efficient.
"With coverage from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, more citizens can contact the county or transact business before or after their work hours, or at their own convenience," Ecker said in a news release.
"We are constantly seeking ways to better serve the citizens and businesses of Howard County."
Pub Date: 9/28/97