Commissioners OK COVID-19 pay extension for County employees

Liberty County Jay Knight discusses COVID-19 pay for employees during the Jan. 4 meeting of the Liberty County Commissioners Court.

In their first meeting of the new year, Liberty County commissioners on Monday, Jan. 4, voted to extend COVID-19 pay and ordered pay for County employees into 2021.

COVID-19 pay applies to County employees who miss work due to contracting the virus or being in quarantine with a family member with COVID-19. Ordered pay applies to County employees whose offices are closed temporarily due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

If commissioners had not approved the extension, County employees would have had to draw hours from their personal time off accounts that are meant to cover vacation time and traditional sick pay.

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, County Judge Jay Knight told Bluebonnet News he believed it was important that the extension was approved in order to protect County employees.

The next meeting for Liberty County Commissioners Court is 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the courtroom of Liberty County Court at Law No. 1 in the courthouse.

To see the agenda and to keep up with future meetings, go online to

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I’m all for protecting all families during this pandemic, physically and financially. This virus is not their fault by any means. But Judge, politics aside, mask can avoid some of these covid cases and you know that many of these county officials went maskless during the holiday parades and festivities, what is it that you don’t understand about covid guidelines or maybe your political ambitions outweigh the safety of the people of liberty 🤔

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