Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will not follow county’s policy requiring weekly COVID-19 testing

Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden has been pressing the county commission to boost deputy pay.

Roughly 700 employees in the Johnson County Sheriff's Office report to Sheriff Calvin Hayden (above) and not to County Manger Penny Postoak Ferguson, who issued a directive last week requiring the county's workforce to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing or submit proof of vaccination. Hayden says he won't require his employees to get tested or vaccinated, saying he prefers to leave such choices up to individuals. File photo.

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will not follow the Johnson County Manager’s Office in adopting a new policy requiring county employees to submit to weekly COVID-19 tests if they cannot show proof of vaccination.