County human resources director on track
Craig — Moffat County government has been busy reorganizing the human resources department with the help of Janiene Rader, the new human resources director.
Rader was hired in June to help create a new system for dealing with human resources issues and, according to Administrative Assistant Debra Murray, the progress has been noticeable. Before Rader was hired, Murray was spending too much time dealing with human resources issues.
“I was spending up to 50 percent of my time dealing with human resources issues,” said Murray. “Janiene being hired has freed me up. I feel the county is spending its money better allowing me, as a CPA (certified public accountant) to work with finance.”
The county has between 250 and 260 employees, depending on the time of year. The fact that there has never been a uniform way of handling human resources issues may have been part of the problem with opening up the county for lawsuits in the past, according to Murray.
Rader is pleased with her first few months in the position. She believes positive steps have been made, but admits the county has a long way to go before it has a well-organized human resources program.
“It’s actually going very well,” said Rader. “We’re working on developing a program with a lot more consistency to it so everyone is treated the same.”
Rader is expecting it to take two to five years to implement a process that meets her expectations as far as handling human resource issues.
Rader worked for Trapper Mine for 17 years as the number two person in the human resources department.
One of the first obstacles for Rader to overcome has been rumors the county is paying for her outside education.
While at Trapper Mine, the company chose to pay for her college courses. Moffat County is sticking with its policy of not spending more than $200 per year, per employee, to educate them. Rader is still working for her degree in human resources from Upper Iowa University and has 10 classes to complete for her degree.
Murray wants the county policy on educating its employees to change.
“It will benefit the county if it changes its policy on educating its employees, but right now we’re not doing anything different for her,” said Murray.
Although Rader is pleased with the progress human resources is making, she still has goals she wants the department to obtain.
“I want a process in place where every department in the county is doing the same thing in regards to human resources,” said Rader. “I believe that we can accomplish this.”
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