Clerk: Human Resources inadequate

Not all county employees have access to department

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The county's Human Resources Department isn't accessible to all county employees and the Moffat County clerk Monday said that isn't fair.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan worked in the clerk and recorders office for 20 years before being elected to her seat last fall. She said she is concerned that if one of her employees has a problem in that office, they have no means of dealing with it.

"I know what it's like because I worked under an elected official and things weren't the same for me as other county employees," she said during a meeting of elected county officials Monday. "I don't think that's fair."

Right now, only employees who work under the Moffat County commissioners have access to that department

Those who are supervised by the treasurer, assessor and clerk and recorder do not.

"I don't want my employees saying, 'She can do anything she wants because she's an elected official.' Why do we have a human resources director if he doesn't cover the other departments of elected officials?" Sullivan said.

Sullivan expressed her concerns during the first noon hour meeting that elected officials said they plan to hold with one another once a

month.

Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton said the meetings were scheduled to get elected officials together to communicate on a monthly basis.

"For us to better serve the residents of Moffat County, we have to work together and understand one another," Hampton said.

The main item of business Monday was how to extend the reach of the county Human Resources Department.

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos suggested that the other elected officials come forward with a proposal for an agreement between their departments and human resources.

"We want to make sure it's set up correctly because we don't want to overstep our bounds with you," she told the other officials.

Hampton agreed it was important that an agreement be reached.

"We need to understand that an elected official can fire someone whenever they want," he said. "Are they setting up the county for

a lawsuit?"

Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg, who attended the meeting as a representative of Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, said the sheriff's department has a policy in place for dealing with employee conflicts and approaching the Human Resources Department.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said the sheriff's plan could be used as a template for the other departments.

"Whatever we do, we all need to be on the same page," Steele said. "This all goes back to the same outfit that pays for this and that's the taxpayers."

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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