State Executive Offices Delay Friday Opening

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The lingering effects of a winter storm will let state employees sleep in a little Friday.

Gov. Sam Brownback says executive branch state offices in all 105 Kansas counties will delay opening until 10 am Friday. They were closed Thursday for all non-essential personnel.

“The snowstorm that has gripped our state for the last 48 hours will be winding down tonight. But our state, county and city public works crews will need time to continue to clear the roads as well as parking lots and sidewalks," Brownback said in a statement released Thursday night. "This delay will give them time to ensure safe travel in the morning and ample parking and safe access to all state office buildings."

In addition, Brownback said agency secretaries and other Executive Branch appointing authorities outside Shawnee County may opt to extend their delay based on local conditions.

Brownback's decision does not include employees in the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the Judicial Branch or the Legislative Branch. Those entities make their own determinations.

Kansas Judicial Branch spokesperson Ron Keefover said the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, including the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals, will open at 10:30 am Friday. The decision does not apply to local courts, which will make decisions based on their local conditions.

State employees can find further information at www.kansas.gov/employee.


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