Walton County, some cities, add hazard pay for employees during COVID-19 crisis

Some local city and county employees who are considered essential and need to be out in the public earn hazard pay during the COVID-19 crisis.

At Tuesday night’s teleconference commission meeting on Tuesday, Walton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $100 a week boost to the earnings of certain county personnel until May 5. It went into effect retroactively from April 1. The hazard pay includes first responders – firefighters, paramedics and EMTs – deputies on the streets and in the detention center, as public works employees and Animal Control officers who are required to respond to 911 calls.

Other cities in the county have already implemented some sort of hazard pay. 

“The city is already paying time and 1/2 to police, fire fighters and some who are in public works,” Monroe Mayor John Howard said.

Loganville is paying $250 a month to police and firefighters, according to the city’s spokesman Robbie Schwartz.

“It’s called special pay for first responders. It went into effect this week retroactive to last month,” Schwartz said.

At this time the Social Circle City Council has not discussed the issue, but Mayor David Keener said it is possible that the issue will be discussed at some point.

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