Furloughs are coming for many Bay County civilian employees at our military bases. News13 spoke with the head of Tyndall Civilian Personnel Wednesday afternoon.
According to Chris Smith employees will be required to take one day off a week for 11 weeks. That will result in a 20% pay cut for more than 700 employees at Tyndall-- one they will endure until a date tentatively set for September 30th. The days they will take off will vary according to Smith, depending on the needs of their department.
"And I think that was on of the main things they looked at as well," said Smith. "At the end of the day the mission needs dictates-- planes need to fly, people need to get their human resources actions done."
The furloughs cover a wide swath of individuals at the bases from administration to sales. Smith says the next step now is delivering decision notices to employees over the next week. One that outlines that that employee is in fact furloughed.
Smith says although this won't directly affect military personnel, there is no way to know the full effect until the cuts start in July.
"At the end it was decided that this was necessary," said Smith. "And as civil servants we do our part."
"So, no real indication of just how this will effect the base?"
"True," said Smith. "We're not there yet."
Officials from the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Naval Support Activity Panama City also released a statement on the furloughs stating "1331 Employees received "notice of proposed furlough" letters in late May."
Those furloughs like Tyndall's will go into effect July 8th, 30 days after receipt of the letter.