Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus Discusses COVID-19

Posted: Mar 19, 2020, 12:26 PM

COVID-19 has changed the American way of life drastically and public entities like the Bossier Parish Police Jury are aware that while things may be difficult, services to the public must continue.

Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus told members of the parish police jury Wednesday that the nation, the state and the parish are “…moving in uncharted territory. Every minute something is changing.”

Altimus said all department heads and staff are trying to stay on top of the situation in an environment where service and safety must be balanced.

“It’s a tough balancing act,” Altimus said. “We have to consider the safety of everyone versus getting the necessary work done. I cannot tell you this afternoon what will happen today, much less two weeks from now.”

Recommendations are made daily on what needs to be done and how situations should be addressed, he told jury members. Handling issues when the spread of the virus is a serious concern is something police jury officials face daily.

“Our business is hard to do from home. We’re just not set up to do that. We may have to pare down to basic crews, but departments like highway and public works, animal control and the jail are critical operations,” Altimus said.

“We must meet and address problems. I believe we will get through this by using common sense and doing the best we can,” he said.