How is the Coronavirus (COVID19) affecting the County Office operations?

For Publication: Monday, March 17, 2020

(Cambridge) – While all Guernsey County government offices remain in full operation, cautionary actions being taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic will result in some restrictions in public access.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, the offices of Guernsey County Auditor, Tony Brown; Treasurer, Jim Caldwell; Recorder Colleen Wheatley; the Guernsey County Commissioners; the Veterans Services Office; the Map Department and the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau in the County Administration Building as well as the Bennett Avenue office of Guernsey County Engineer, Paul Sherry, will be open to the public on an “appointment only” basis.

Documents will continue to be processed and a drop box is located in the hallway in front of the Guernsey County Auditor Office, 2nd Floor, Guernsey County Administration Building.

Tax payments can be made by mail, online or at the drive-thru window of the Guernsey County Treasurer Office located on the west side of the Guernsey County Administration Building.

Tax payments can be made by mail, online or at the Treasurer’s Office drive-thru window on the west side of the Administration Building.

Also, until further notice, dog licenses will be limited to online sales only. Online dog licensing is accessible at Online Dog Licensing.

The Guernsey County Clerk of Courts office in the Common Pleas Courthouse will remain open during normal hours and will allow access to the public for business, with these exceptions:

Passport application processing is suspended. No payments will be accepted in-person, however they can be mailed to: 801 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. Payments for fines and/or costs can be made online at: guernseycounty.org/clerk-of-courts or by calling (740) 432-9235.

While the office remains open, people are encouraged to mail filings when possible and time permits. You may also fax filings (when permitted by local rule) to (740) 432-7807.

The Clerk of Courts Auto Title office at 401 Wheeling Avenue, you must call (740) 432-9235 for instructions.

The Guernsey County Veterans Service Office will also be open only by appointment, but they are still ready to assist veterans for compensation, pensions, financial assistance and van transportation for VA medical appointments. Veterans in need of their services should call (740) 432-9295.

The Guernsey County Water and Sewer Department will not be accepting payments in person until further notice. Customers may submit payments into the drop slot located on the left (east) side of the building or by mailing them to: 11272 East Pike; Cambridge, Ohio 43725. Customers should call the office at (740) 439-1269 to set-up an appointment for transfers, tenant deposits or paying for new taps.

Because of information of which access/viewing is restricted by Ohio law that is routinely displayed on their office computers, the Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney’s office normally operates on an appointment-only basis. That policy will continue to operate without change.

Inside the Guernsey County Courthouse, the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court, General/Domestic Relations Division remains open. However, the Court will be suspending jury trials unless the person’s constitutional right to a speedy trial is at stake. Pretrial hearings will be conducted by telephone when possible. The Court will continue to hear those matters of an emergency nature.

The Common Pleas Probate/Juvenile Division also remains open at this time. All pretrials will be conducted by telephone unless it is impracticable, due to the number of attorneys on a particular case. In addition, all hearings and trials will take place as scheduled unless continued by the Court, which will review the docket to determine which cases are time-sensitive.

Juvenile probation and programing will continue as scheduled with modifications to reporting, drug testing, programs and community service on a case by case basis. More information can be found on the Juvenile/Probate Facebook page.

In all instances, persons who are attending Court are on notice that only the parties, their parents and/or custodians, witnesses, attorneys, and law enforcement, should appear for hearings or trials. Family members and friends should not accompany persons who are attending Court unless they are witnesses so as to lessen the traffic in and out of the Courthouse.

Each department’s contact information and digital records can be accessed by using the Guernsey County government’s website GuernseyCounty.org