The following is from an email I received from Anthony Calhoun Executive Director of the Fire and Police Retirement system:
“As I mentioned in the board meeting this past Tuesday, I knew I there would come a time when I would have to make the hard decisions about keeping the offices open during the covid-19 pandemic.
Effective Monday, March 23rd, the F&P offices will be physically closed, but services will continue to run through teleworking. All calls into the F&P office will automatically forward to certain staff member’s cell phones to be answered. We will suspend all walk-in visits and in-person meetings. All appointments will be handled via email and telephone. Benefit payments and the completion of in-process retirement applications will proceed without interruption.
Notifications of these procedure modifications will be placed on the F&P’s telephone system, website, and Facebook page.
In a perfect world, I would have preferred for the offices to remain open. However, this is not a perfect world. A great number of my staff is in the danger range for the covid-19 virus be it by their age or an underlying health condition. I cannot justify risking their lives or the lives of our members especially when Governor Hogan is urging everyone to stay home.
I have submitted a request to the Labor Commissioner to grant the use of permission leave for staff members that are not equipped to telework. The office closuring will be for the next two weeks and then I will reassess the situation at that time.
Thank you for understanding and I will keep you updated as the situation evolves.