Merced City Hall to open at 8 a.m. starting Jan. 2
City Hall hours will change starting Thurs., Jan. 2, with most offices in the Merced Civic Center open at 8 a.m.
“People expect us to be open during regular business hours, and we are glad to be able to do that,” said City Manager Steve Carrigan.
Except for the Finance Department, all offices at City Hall will be open for business from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p. m.
The Finance Department is still undergoing some adjustments, so it will have counter hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Finance Department will not close for lunch.
“A lot of people want to come and pay their utility bills during lunch, so it made sense for the Finance Department to be open then,” Carrigan said. “It’s all about customer service.”
City Hall counter hours were cut in 2011 following a round of employee layoffs during the Recession that saw staff reductions of nearly one-third. Since that time the number of employees has slowly increased, Carrigan said, making it possible to expand counter service.