Cottonwood AZ (March 1, 2012) – Supervisor A. G. Chip Davis provides an overview of the Yavapai County Human Resources Department, the department tasked with providing assistance and support to Yavapai County employees with responsibilities in the areas of Human Resources and Risk Management:
Recruitment and Hiring: Citizens interested in working for the County submit their applications to this office where the applications are logged, then forwarded to the hiring department. In a typical year, the County receives between 5,000 and 10,000 applications. The office also assists departments with pre-employment testing, interviewing, reference and background checks.
Benefits Administration: With more than 1300 benefits-eligible employees countywide, this office is responsible for the administration of a variety of benefit plans, including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurances, four different State Retirement Plans, Paid Time Off and Catastrophic Leave Programs, Tuition Reimbursement, and Service Awards.
Employee Relations: This team navigates the sensitive topic of employee relations. Employees are the resource which provides our citizens with important services and are the County’s most important asset. Employee Relations encompasses many different areas including employee engagement and retention, coaching, and corrective action. In addition, the team works with staff on conflict resolution, complaint processes, and policy and procedure interpretation.
Job Descriptions and Performance Management: The Human Resources Department works with the various County departments to ensure that job descriptions are up-to-date and conducts surveys to compare wages with other government and private organizations. The staff also works with county departments on performance management, especially the County Performance Appraisal program, which provides for all employees to have an annual Performance Appraisal.
Training and Development: The Human Resources Department provides various types of training for County employees ensuring employees and supervisors understand policies regarding sexual harassment, employee discipline, and getting along in the workforce. This department offers training for new supervisors, programs on County drug policy, and various other programs. In a typical year over thirty different programs are offered.
Safety and Compliance: Compliance with Federal and State laws as they relate to employment and safety is a key component of every Manager’s role. Human Resources and Risk Management support County departments by providing compliance knowledge and expertise. The office is responsible for the administration of the Worker’s Compensation program which provides benefits to employees who may be injured on the job, and administers programs for liability claims made against the County. Last, but not least, the office maintains the official record of each employee’s service with the County, ensuring compliance with state records retention guidelines. Over the last few years these records have been converted from paper to electronic, saving storage space and reducing cost.
The Sedona Eye thanks Supervisor Davis for this second in an on-going monthly series about Yavapai County government, its agencies roles and responsibilities. For further information, visit the Yavapai County web site co.Yavapai.az.us.