Conway Police and City Government are experiencing staffing issues due to COVID

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The City of Conway said it is experiencing a staffing shortage due to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, city spokeswoman June Wood said 24 staff members were absent due to illness, the majority being members of the police department.

“It doesn’t affect our response now, but that’s why we’re so proactive so that we don’t have any delay in response,” Wood said.

Wood said the department had to move staff to fill gaps left by someone absent due to illness. On Wednesday, 15 officers were absent due to COVID.

“We’re not downsized,” Wood said. “We just have to take some of the administrative staff, just other staff who wouldn’t necessarily be on patrol, have to replace the patrollers who are absent, and then those who do not fulfill the patrol are having to take on some of these tasks administrative.

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Wood said he’s noticed those numbers starting to increase over the past two weeks. But the CDC’s new changes to quarantine timelines have helped speed up the time to return and therefore not create such a drastic problem, she said.

In addition to the police department, the council, administration, court, fire, works, recreation and utilities departments also had one or more employees absent due to COVID.

“It’s constantly changing for us,” Wood said. “That’s the biggest challenge is adapting as things change quickly.”

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