County HR assistant heading department for now

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Moffat County might not have to go outside of the community to hire a replacement human resources director for Tom Skelding, who recently resigned.

Lynette Running, who was Skelding's assistant, has assumed the duty of human resources director on a trial basis.

The county has advertised for a temporary position as an assistant to Running during that trial period.

The commissioners said this week that they would let Running head the department on a 90-day trial basis with the help of a temporary assistant.

When the 90 days are up, Running will have the opportunity to apply for the human resources director position. If she wishes not to, she will go back to her old job as human resources assistant under whoever county officials decide to hire.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead thinks Running should have the job.

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele, who made a motion his first day in office to eliminate Skelding's position in January, said Thursday he thought filling the position was a good idea. And said he thought Running would be good for the job.

"I would like to see it filled from within," he said. "It makes for good employee moral."

His proposal in January would have actually put Running in charge of the department.

He declined to comment Thursday on what the position should be paid when it is filled.

Skelding made about $57,000 a year, while Running was making about $33,500 as his assistant.

Running fills a position that had become highly controversial in recent months.

In addition to Steele's proposal to eliminate the job, Skelding had been asked by county officials to create a hiring and firing policy that could be followed by all county departments and offices.

In a meeting last month, Skelding had said the county was "trying to tie my hands." Running already has completed one task left behind when Skelding resigned, which was to create an Equal Employment Opportunity plan. The plan, which had to be finished by May 15 in order for the county to be eligible for a $57,000 federal grant, was submitted by Running in a Tuesday meeting.

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

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