County Leaders Discuss Hiring of Human Resources Department – Shaw Local


OREGON — A brief discussion at Tuesday’s Ogle County board meeting regarding the creation of a director of human resources position revealed proponents for and against the idea.

The proposed job description, which includes an annual salary range of $80,000 to $100,000 without overtime, was shared with members of the Ogle County Board of Directors on April 19, but no vote was taken. has been taken. A human resources task force developed the proposal, but task force chairman Lou Finch was unable to attend the county council meeting to make a full presentation.

“The task force has done a great job, so if you have any questions, ask them,” said board member John “Skip” Kenney. “It will come back and we will deal with it.”

Kenny was not part of the task force.

Ogle County has more than 100 employees — possibly more than 200 — and there are about 14 departments, board member Wayne Reising said. Of these, only five departments have staff accountable to the county council, he said.

Elected officials who oversee other departments can do whatever they want, Reising pointed out.

“We’re about to hire someone for $80,000 to $100,000, but their scope will be very limited in terms of employees who are in the county,” he said.

Reising also expressed concern about how the position would be funded in a few years.

“We’re making a commitment that I don’t see we have a way to support down the line,” he said.

The hope is that hiring a human resources manager would save money for the county because it would eliminate the need to pay multiple third-party companies, said board member Bruce Larson. who was part of the human resources working group. In addition, it would likely be a three-year contract, which would provide a fixed point to reassess the usefulness of the position.

“If in the end it doesn’t save the county money, we probably won’t continue,” Larson said.

County Council Chairman John Finfrock added that even if a department is run by an elected official, that does not mean they cannot use the knowledge of a human resources manager.

“At least we’re making the resource available to them,” he said.

County council members will likely make a decision on the post at their May 17 meeting.

Wage increases

Board members approved annual salary increases for fiscal years 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 for three elected positions. The positions of county clerk and recorder, treasurer and sheriff will receive increases of 2% in fiscal years 2023 and 2024 and 1.5% in fiscal years 2025 and 2026.

Salaries for the County Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer will be: $88,733; $90,508; $91,866; and $93,244.

The sheriff’s salary will be: $97,607; $99,509; $101,002; and $102,517.

ARPA Fund Allocations

A total of $73,446.63 of American Rescue Plan Act money has been allocated to several projects, including asbestos reduction at a cost not to exceed $20,000.

Planning and zoning department:

  • Planning Commission education/training sessions, $500;
  • Annual Planning Commission Membership, $50;
  • Advertising, $342.

IT department:

  • Software conversion, $12,350;
  • Unified Central Server Processors, $25,420.

Department of Health:

  • Office supplies, $12,500;
  • Global Industrial Expandable Starter Rack, $520.89;
  • Expandable extra rack, $462.95;
  • Storage cabinet and twist grip, $808.01;
  • Shipping and handling, $492.87.

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