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Longview revisits plan to hire human resources director

By Richard Yeakley
Dec. 17, 2013 at 11 p.m.

It's back to the drawing board for the selection of Longview's new human resources director after two interviews didn't yield any candidates City Manager David Willard chose to hire.

The position has been vacant since the retirement of long-time Director <a href="" target="_blank">Karri Hyko in August</a>. Risk Management Director Terri Fields is serving as interim director of the department, which oversees services for about 830 full-time and 45 part-time employees.

"They were not offered the position," city spokesman Shawn Hara said. "Neither were the right fit for that position for this organization, right now. They both were good candidates, but they had very different types of experience."

The city closed the application window for the position in October with 27 applicants to consider through the work of Strategic Government Resources. Officials narrowed the field to five candidates, but only called in two for interviews.

The interviews were conduced by Willard, Director of Public Works Keith Bonds, Fire Chief J.P. Steelman and a local human resources professional.

According to the original job posting, qualifications for an exceptional candidate include:

Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, or a related field, and five years of experience managing human resources, payroll and risk management operations required.

Master's degree preferred and human resources public sector experience highly desired.

An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Experience with a fully automated HR system a plus.

National Incident Management System certification is required within one year of employment.

Willard has not decided how the city will move forward with the hiring process.

"I think there were some quality candidates, and sometimes when you get through and do that part, you say we didn't get the right one just yet," Hara said, adding that it was not a lack of qualified candidates, but the right candidate.

The city is also functioning without an assistant city manager after second-in-command Chuck Ewings agreed to resign from the city as part of a $50,000 separation agreement due to "a difference in organizational and managerial philosophy" between Ewings and Willard.

Ewings left the city Oct. 1, and Willard has been overseeing much of Ewings' managerial duties.

Willard said he plans to hire a new assistant city manager, but previously said he would wait until a director of human resources was hired to aid in the search.

As assistant city manager, Ewings was a key member of Willard's budget team for the 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

Willard said he would like to fill the position in time to prepare the 2014-15 fiscal year budget beginning in late spring.



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