HAMILTON, Mont. -

In July, the Ravalli County Health Department will reduce staff hours for most of its workers to accommodate a decreased workload. The department will still maintain a five-day schedule, with essential public health staff on duty.

The department is revamping its services after reproductive health services closed last year.

Health Director Judy Griffin said, "In order to be fiscally responsible for my office, I've analyzed our workload and determined that's the best route I need to take."

The decision allows Griffin to keep her current staff employed.

Three registered nurses, including Griffin herself, will work 32 hours a week, as will an administrative assistant. An emergency preparedness coordinator will continue working three days a week. A bookkeeper will work 40 hours a week.

Health workers will discuss their preliminary budget at a commissioners' meeting Wednesday.