Kennesaw temporarily lays off 23 employees due to COVID-19 pandemic

About two dozen city of Kennesaw employees are temporarily out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city has laid off 23 employees who work in departments “that provide services that have been halted or decreased tremendously” due to the pandemic, said spokeswoman Rebecca Graham.

Those departments include Kennesaw Municipal Court, Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History and Parks & Recreation.

Graham said the city’s Human Resources Department will file for unemployment on behalf of those affected by the layoffs.

These staff members will receive full paychecks next week and have city-provided health insurance through May, she said.

Graham said the layoffs are saving the city about $64,000 in wages per month. She said the layoffs are temporary, and the employees will be brought back when the city is able to provide those services again.

All city buildings, including City Hall, Public Works and the Ben Robertson Community Center, are closed to public access through at least April 30.

Kennesaw has also canceled public events and programs, and closed Swift-Cantrell Park, the playgrounds at Adams and Depot parks and other city-owned parks, playgrounds and trails.

Essential services such as public works, public safety and code enforcement have not been affected. You can visit the city's website outlining its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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