Commissioners close County Offices: Services available through appointment only

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Elmore County Board of Commissioners has determined that due to the COVID-19 Virus, it is in the public interest of Elmore County residents for the County Courthouse and County Offices to be closed to the general public, with a few exceptions, until further notice. County offices will be open and operating with a reduced staff, but will not open to the public, except by scheduled appointment on a case by case basis.

This was not a decision the Commissioners or the county’s department heads took lightly and was the main topic of conversation at the Commissioners meeting on the morning of March 20th.

“People are definitely pretty scared to be in that little building,” Commissioner Bud Corbus said referring to the DMV building which had already close to the public other then by appointment. The Driver’s license Office had also already closed to walk in’s.

“I guess this week the county has kind of gone off the rails,” County Attorney Buzz Grant said informing the Commissioners that the only people who had the authority to make that type of decision was the Commissioners when they were meeting together as a board.

“This cannot be done in a series of phone calls,” Grant said.

“We are in unchartered waters,” Corbus said. “The important part is we have some of us who aren’t understanding the process and are making decisions, but all they’re doing is changing how they do business.”

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