By Shawn Nelson, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
On Tuesday, the Board also approved a plan to improve the County’s Human Resources (HR) department, reducing costs by approximately $1.5 million in the process. Over the next year and a half, HR employees will transfer to a new, centralized Human Resource Services (HRS.) The plan results from months of analysis, including interviews with County staff, comparisons with county HR departments statewide and reviewing workloads.
Previously, HR was administered by each agency using small, internal teams. Under the new plan for centralization, most HR staffers will be reclassified as employees under the HRS. The reorganization into a central agency is designed to help the County achieve more efficiency and professional responsibility. The new plan allows for consistency in applying HR regulations, efficient allocation of HR services based on department needs, continual education and training for HR employees and the quicker distribution of important HR information.
While these benefits are realized in the creation of the new HR authority, the change maintains some balance with the old system. Select branches of the County will still have convenient, accessible HR support by using satellite teams within their agencies. Satellite teams will exist in departments such the offices of the District Attorney, the Treasurer-Tax Collector and the Sheriff-Coroner. The countywide change begins on December 3, 2012.