One group of federal employees in the Akron area will continue working, but without paychecks until the government shutdown ends. Peter Elliot with the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force tells AkronNews Now they're considered essential personnel, so they will continue to work. " as far as pay, that's questionable . I don't know how this is going to work right now. May understanding from the past is when there was a government shutdown back in 95, you know the pay was retroactive. People missed paychecks."
Elliot says there will be no let-up in the search for violent criminals by the Fugitive Task Force, despite the pay freeze the federal government shutdown is causing. " We're going to continue to be out there working every single day, in the Akron area and across the board with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. We just don't know on the funding part of it right now, what is happening," says Elliot.
He is uncertain however what impact a lengthy government shutdown would have on the federal officers. " I just don't know what the long term effect is going to be. We're not quite sure on the whole how the pay structure is going to go. That's a little unclear right now. We just don't know what's happening."
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is celebrating it's 10th anniversary.