Local leaders learned important information about the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census at a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, hosted by the Montgomery County Board and Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser held at the Historic Courthouse in Hillsboro.
Census training was provided by Montgomery County’s U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Jennequil Johnson of Chicago. Johnson informed those in attendance about important census activities timelines, the privacy of census information as required by law and the questions required to be answered in the upcoming census.
She also encouraged those in attendance to help educate and motivate Montgomery County citizens to complete their census form, which can be done online for the first time in census history.
Leitheiser emphasized the importance of all Montgomery County residents participating in the census to obtain an accurate count, which is necessary for maintaining current legislative seats at the federal and state levels, and determining funding received for a wide variety of government services.
Group discussion also included the necessity to "localize” census efforts by recruiting county residents to serve as census workers who will be familiar with county communities. Johnson stated Montgomery County still needs many more census workers and said enumeration duties are beginning soon to confirm the structures throughout the county in advance of counting population next spring.
Those interested in applying for census jobs may do so now on-line at 2020census.gov/jobs, and those needing more general information about the upcoming census may contact County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone during Monday through Friday business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 217-532-9530.