Census recruiter seeks local help

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Jody Schultz, a recruiter from the Bakersfield Census Office, addressed Ridgecrest City Council during last week’s regular meeting to discuss her presence in the local community.

“As you know, in 2020 we are going to be having our census,” she said. She added that the census has been a routine part of the government’s assessment of the population, occurring every 10 years since 1790.

“It is not something that is going to encroach on your privacy,” she said.

Schultz said that she will be appearing in high-profile locations in the area to solicit enumerators and managers for local field work. She said that she has many well-paying positions to offer that will allow for flexible hours.

“I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks and ran into a lot of people who don’t know what the census is,” she said. “Share your knowledge with others so that when they get their census [form] in the mail in January, they can fill it out and send it back in.”

Anyone who does not respond to the request from the U.S. Census Bureau will receive a home visit from an enumerator in early spring, said Schultz.

She noted that the $675 billion dispersed throughout the country depends on reliable information from communities and will ultimately impact the funding of their hospitals, schools, public works projects and other services.

Find out more about the census in next week’s edition.

Story First Published: 2019-11-27