Union County Board Sees Value In Human Resource Management


Union County Board Sees Value In Human Resource Management

JONESBORO—At a regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners, it was announced that Union County would begin work to fill a new position: Director of Human Resources.  Given the increasing complexities of complying with employment law, this is a position that more and more employers—in both the private and public sectors—are adding to their management staff.

“This is something we made a priority during budget time,” said Chairman Bobby Toler, Jr.  “We saw this as important so we set money aside to create the position.”

Such a move has been the subject of both internal and public discussions for several months now, brought up initially in roundtable discussions among officeholders.

“We’ve been speaking to Officials and Department Heads and they are all in agreement that this is something we need,” said Commissioner Danny Hartline.

Reducing liability is a major reason why the position is considered a priority.

“With the ACA, FMLA and other compliance issues that we have to stay on top of, you can think of this like insurance,” explained County Administrator Angela Coke.  “Just one lawsuit could cost way more than the salary for the position.  So it’s an important investment from a liability standpoint.”

Additionally, this position would remove a lot of the new employee onboarding duties from Officials and Department Heads, freeing them up to spend that time managing their offices and using the skills and expertise for which they were elected or hired.

“We’ve talked for a long time about the need for more formal HR work in county government,” added Chief Information Officer Rollie Hawk.  “There are companies out there that we could turn this over to, which was an option we initially considered, but having someone here as part of the team has a lot of advantages.”

Such advantages would include turning over payroll duties to the Director of Human Resources as well as being able to assist the Commissioners and other County Offices with ongoing projects and a variety of countywide management activities.

The Commissioners intend to take applications for the position until filled.


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Job Opening: Director of Human Resources

Job Title:                  Director of Human Resources

Reports To:             County Administrator


Position Summary:

Performs difficult professional and administrative work in the development and administration of a comprehensive human resource program; performs related work as required. Work is performed under limited supervision.


Essential Functions/Typical Tasks:

Planning, directing, organizing and developing human resources programs; administering wage and salary program; coordinating employee relations; overseeing recruitment activities; maintaining records and files; preparing reports.

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Plans, directs, manages and administers a comprehensive human resources program including employee relations, benefits, EEO/AA, training, performance planning, evaluation and management, classification and compensation, grievance administration and record keeping.
  • Prepares job postings and advertisements, recruits, may interview, and recommends the hiring to fill vacancies within Union County Government.
  • Plans and conducts new employee personnel orientation including explaining policies and procedures, salary structure, processing and explaining employee benefits, etc.
  • Responsible for processing employee terminations including explaining and canceling benefits and ensuring compliance with COBRA laws.
  • Responsible for the implementation and preparation of Union County Government entire payroll system.
  • Responsible for maintaining employee personnel records.
  • Responds to unemployment claims, requests for FMLA, workers comp claims, and becomes involved with grievances, arbitration cases and legal suits.
  • Ensures compliance with OSHA
  • Monitors job performance to identify potential problem areas and employee concerns.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and local personnel laws/procedures.
  • Develops, interprets and implements personnel policies and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to the Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, and other entities such as department heads/supervisors.
  • Provides analysis and interpretation of data; oversees and participates in the preparation of various reports.
  • Develops and implements strategic long and short term initiatives pertaining to the department.
  • Assesses human resources programs and functions for effectiveness; implements changes as needed.
  • Attends Board meetings serving as lead staff on human resources issues.
  • Prepares, executes and monitors departmental budget.
  • Conducts training sessions on various human resources topics.
  • Serves on various boards and committees as needed.
  • Performs related tasks as required.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Comprehensive knowledge of the philosophies, principles and practices of public human resources administration, including wage and salary administration, training, employee relations and fringe benefits program; thorough knowledge of local government organization and administration; ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing; ability to analyze facts and prepare detailed recommendations and reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, associates and the general public.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a major course work in personnel management, public administration or related field and extensive increasingly responsible experience in personnel management.


Please send resume to acoke@unioncountyil.gov or drop off to the County Administrator at the Union County Courthouse.  You may also apply online at SmartRecruiters.com.

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Free Diabetes Self-Management Class at Courthouse

The following free class will be hosted at the Union County Courthouse every Tuesday for six weeks beginning February 28, 2017.  To sign up call 618-833-8561.

Diabetes class flyer

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Offices Closed

Union County offices will be closed Monday, February 13, 2017 in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting February 10, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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Southern Five Board Vacancy

The Union County Board of Commissioners regularly appoints citizens of the County to serve on various regional boards. Currently, the Board has the following term open for appointment:

Southern Five Regional Planning District & Development Commission–board members traditionally meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30PM at the Southern Five office in Ullin.

The Commissioners recognize many area residents possess specific experience or specialized job skills that would be of great value to this board and the people of Union County. Qualified, service-minded citizens of Union County are asked to submit a letter describing interest and relevant experience to:

Union County Board of Commissioners
309 W. Market St.
Room 110
Jonesboro, IL  62952

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Assessor’s Notices

The following notices from the Supervisor of Assessments have been posted:

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Union County Board of Commissioners Agenda for Regular Meeting January 27, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


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Annual Tax Sale

The annual tax sale has been scheduled for 10AM on February 8, 2017 in the Treasurer’s office.

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Offices Closed

Union County offices are closed January 16, 2017 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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