MONTICELLO – Sullivan County is facing a $9 million cash shortfall because of the effects of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. In an attempt to keep the financial damage down, 77 county employees were furloughed.
During a Monday economic update, County Manager Josh Potosek said he hopes to bring the workers back in several weeks.
“I have a goal at the end of July to bring the positions back. It does not mean, depending on workloads increasing that we would not consider bringing some of these positions back in May or June before the July deadline,” he said. “So, we will continue monitoring every department and the staffing reductions to see if they meet the bare necessities of operating the departments. If that turns out to be untrue, I will ask the legislature to reconsider creating certain positions in certain departments where they cannot function.”
The county has 33 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 560. Thirteen people have died from the virus.