As part of an effort to provide city services with some elbowroom, the department of human resources has been moved to the third floor in the vacated city engineering office. Engineering, along with development services was moved to an annex across from city hall at the beginning of the year. Once the move was complete, the vacated offices were renovated.
“We were totally settled in Friday,” Cheryl Smith, human resources director, said.” They moved us Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s a more private setting and more confidential. It puts us near the city attorney, which is important for human resources and we are close to Kevin Boatright, the assistant city manager, so it really is a nice setting.”
The department consists of three offices, a filing room and a break/work room.
“The human resources department and purchasing department were in an area that used to house the old fire department,” City Manager J.D. Spohn said. “It took 30 to 45 days to finish renovating and it will serve the department well. And, it’s more accessible to the public.”
The area vacated by the human resources department will be taken by the IT department, which is currently housed at the Ardmore Public Library. Spohn said the department will have more space and will benefit by being in a location that it can be backed up by the emergency generator.
“When power has gone off at the library, it has caused some major issues,” Spohn said.
The city manager estimated it would take two to three weeks for the IT department to move into its new offices.
While HR has moved into its offices, one remains vacant, as preparations are underway to begin the process of filling a vacancy with an HR Generalist. Smith said the position is responsible for a variety of areas and will be opened to the public within the next couple of weeks.
The city has not had a generalist in recent years and Smith decided to hire one after a department review. Karen Sloan is responsible for safety and risk management in the office to account for the two currently in the department. Smith said once a generalist is hired, there would be cross training in an effort to make the department more efficient.