Officials: Four Day Work Week Not a Viable Option in Texoma

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow state agencies the option of moving to a four-day work week. It's an idea Texoma officials have also considered.

House Bill 1562 was introduced last week by 31st District Representative Ryan Guillen. The bill would give state agency administrators the option to move to a Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday schedule. The goal would be to save on energy and other costs associated with keeping offices open.

Wichita Falls City Manager Darron Leiker said the idea was one city staff has considered. But, he said, it never got past the idea phase.

"You have to balance the customer service that you provide with the cost savings," Leiker said. Leiker said since the city only has one main office building, Memorial Auditorium, the savings would not be worth the inconvenience.

The city reduced hours at the public library last year. That's a move Leiker said did save money. But the savings, he said, were mainly in labor.

Other Texoma officials echoed Leiker's sentiment. Electra City Administrator Stephen Giesbrecht said he has seen four-day weeks work well in the private sector. But, he said, Electra is too small to reap any real benefit.

Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said closing county offices once a week would be a disservice to the community. And, he said, catching up with the County Court schedule after holiday closings is difficult as is.

House Bill 1562 is still in committee.

Tim Barnosky, Newschannel 6.

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