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Full-time HR person on board

Discussions continue about how to structure administrator position

Grundy County has a new human resources director — and he is full-time.

Dan Hoppe of Channahon started his new job with Grundy County Monday. He comes with 16 years of human resources experience.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and challenges,” Hoppe said.

“I’ve met some great people here and probably over the next couple weeks to a month I will put together a plan to make sure HR is in line with the county’s goals and objectives,” he said.

The county has spent recent months discussing this position since former director Denise Kasper quit in November. It hired Lindsay Ferguson, formerly of Morris Hospital to a part-time position last month, but she quit after one week on the job.

Personnel Committee Chairwoman Vicki Geiger said then Ferguson felt she wasn’t the right person to get the county through some of its current personnel issues.

“We went full-time with the HR position because that person is really important to the employees,” Geiger said.

The county’s current personnel issues include looking into county departments giving unapproved bonuses. Although not illegal, Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson has said the county will be changing procedures so this doesn’t happen again.

The county is still on the hunt for a county administrator and the committee met in a special meeting Saturday to do some interviews, Geiger said.

The committee plans to do more interviews next week.

In previous discussions regarding the human resources position, it was suggested to make that position full-time and the administrator position part-time, with an assistant, said Geiger.

But others still feel the administrator should be full-time.

“We definitely are going back and forth on that, but we are still looking at it as part-time because there could be an assistant administrator. The assistant would do all the foot work and research,” she said.

Geiger said she felt they would be able to make a decision on whether the administrator should be part-time or full-time once they find the right candidate for the position.

In previous meetings it has been suggested board secretary Sandy Pommier should be the administrative assistant. Pommier has taken on many of the administrator duties while the county has been without one.

To provide an equal opportunity, Geiger said, the position would likely be posted if they go that route.

Severson said he is still not in favor of a full-time county administrator.

“Because we will be back where we were salarywise and they really have to watch the budget,” he said.

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