Washington County Clerks Settle into Government Annex Building

Chipley- Visit the Washington County Government Annex Building, and you'll hear a lot of this, "That's going over here, sit that on top of the type writer," Felony Clerk, Peggy Gay asked an employee moving one of the dozens of boxes lining the hallway.

Space was being made to try and cram the Clerk of Court's offices into the annex building after the discovery of a dangerous mold problem kicked more than 20 employees out of the Washington County Courthouse last week.

Gay sat at her desk, buried behind boxes and stacks of papers, and explained the new set up.

"They've given us a big portion of the east wing. We have a couple of the finance offices that are on the other end, but all the main ones that deal with public is down here on the east wing," she said.

She told us setting up the phone lines was still as work in progress.
"The county office is delivering messages and numbers, and then we turn around and use our phones and call out."

She also said space was pretty tight. "They've gotten us a storage unit out back. They girls are putting away stuff they don't have to go into everyday- it will be stuff that they have to see maybe once a week- or if they have to go get a file for someone. We'll be working out of boxes until something's better arranged."

But all things considered, Gay and her fellow employees remained positive, taking on the attitude, "It is what it is," Gay laughed.

She anticipated the phones to be operational by the end of the day Monday.

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