Some state offices will remain closed today because of the ice storm that is causing dangerous driving conditions. Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward, as authorized by the governor, announced early today that state agencies may continue to temporarily reduce services for Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. Nonessential employees in those counties were sent home early Monday.
Agency directors outside the seven counties will make the decision for their agencies, said Oscar Jackson, administrator of the state Office of Personnel Management. State employees told to stay home today will not have to use personal leave or sick time. State employees assigned to maintain basic essential functions are to remain at work or report to work as scheduled. These include correctional officers, state troopers, Transportation Department crews and those working in hospitals, care centers and mental health facilities, Jackson said.