San Juan County offices switching to four-day week

Posted at: 07/15/2013 6:56 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Many of you would probably love an extra day off each week.

Some county employees in the four corners are about to go to a four-day week.

Starting the first week in September, some San Juan County offices will run on a four-day week Monday through Thursday.

San Juan County hopes the four-day work week will save on energy costs and also improve employee morale.

"The opportunity first and foremost is the opportunity to save on utility costs which we estimate to be between $50,000 annually," said Chief Operations Officer Mike Stark. 

After surveying county employees, officials found 79 percent of employees liked idea, but some employees do have concerns about the longer work day hours.

"I'm going to take some classes and it's going to interfere with my schedule," county employee Eddie Etcitty said.

The change won't have a big impact on people living in the county because the schedule change is mostly for administrative employees.

The sheriff and fire departments will keep normal hours, as well as the county clerk, detention centers and county park facilities.

The county will try the new schedule for a year to see how it works. If it doesn't, they will go back to a five-day week.

San Juan County is the second county in the state to switch to the four day, ten hour work schedule. The first was Torrance County back in 2010.