Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Friday that five of the Georgia Archives’ ten employees will lose their jobs come November 1. That’s despite Thursday’s announcement that the Archives will remain open to the public.
Originally, seven employees of the Archives were scheduled to lose their jobs. That number shrank to five after the governor said Thursday he would restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget to keep the Archives from moving to an appointment only system. Still, Kemp says the job cuts are painful but necessary because of state budget cuts. Kaye Minchew is with the Coalition to Preserve Georgia Archives:
“While we’re thankful to the governor, we would still like to keep all the current ten employees, and we’re working on that.”
Kemp says he supports Governor Deal’s plan to work to place the Archives beneath the Georgia Board of Regents. A spokesman for the Board of Regents says the board looks forward to working with the secretary of state and the governor to make the transition.
Items housed in the archives include: colonial and state laws from 1755, Civil War records and land records.