Committee Backs Kent's HR Changes

September 3, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Legislative and Human Resources Committee recently approved a minor restructuring of the county’s human resources department.

Committee members also beat back an effort to take the human resources director out of the loop when it comes to complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity office.

The highlight of the restructuring plan would reclassify the human resources manager of recruitment and training into a new post called the deputy director of human resources.

Three of the four other human resource department managers within the county would report to the new deputy director. Only the EEO manager would report directly to the human resources director, currently a position being filled on an interim basis by Gail Glocheski, who manages the recruitment and training division.

County Administrator and Controller Daryl Delabbio devised the plan, which he feels would give the HR director more time to do strategic planning. Under the current structure, all department managers report to the director of human resources.

But County Commissioner Paul Mayhue felt the EEO manager should report directly to Delabbio, the county’s top executive, and bypass the HR director when a complaint surfaces.

“There have been some serious issues that have come before us,” said Mayhue.

There wasn’t any support, however, for Mayhue’s amendment among committee members and the resolution passed without any changes being made to it.

“I think the HR staff has done an excellent job with both internal and external issues,” said Delabbio.

“I think we far outshine private industry,” he said.

The full board of commissioners should vote on the restructuring plan Sept. 9.

The county recently interviewed candidates for the permanent HR director post and Delabbio said the new person should be on board within 60 days.    

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