According to Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, Porter County is
the one county of its size in Indiana without a human resources
professional, but that could change.
The conversation of whether the County should bite down and hire a human
resources manager has resurfaced over the years among the Commissioners and
the County Council, often dying out when cost figures are brought up, but
all three County Commissioners took action Tuesday by directing that an
audit be done to figure what would be the correct way to implement an HR
“It’s something that we truly need and this is the way to get it started,”
Evans said that without an HR person, all the related duties such as the
hiring, orientation and insurance setup all falls on the shoulders of the
Commissioners’ office, specifically the County Attorney, which he said is
“difficult” given that the County employs more than 600 people.
The County has hired six new people over the last two months, it has been a
challenge for County Attorney Betty Knight to balance her work load, Evans
said. There have also been arguments internally within the county
departments among employees who differ on issues such as whether or not time
cards should be utilized, he added.
With a 3-0 vote, the Commissioners hired Desila Rosetti with Organizational
Development Solutions, based in Westville, at $24,450 to complete the audit
and report back to the board. The audit will evaluate how the County is
currently handling human resource issues and suggest what could be improved
The audit is scheduled to begin in June or July.
“Maybe then we will get to hear what we are doing right and what we are
doing wrong,” Evans said.
If the plan goes through and the County Council gives its approval, Evans
said that the HR professional or firm would work part-time, one or two days
a week, to handle the work.
Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, said she sees having an HR person
as “something that is needed to protect (the Commissioners) and the
employees” while Commissioner Nancy Adams, R-Center, agreed “it’s a great
County employees in all departments are subject to what is in the employee
handbook which is currently being revised, Evans said. Elected County
officials, on the other hand, are not bound by the regulations regarding
Rosetti last year worked with the County Jobs Cabinet interviewing
businesses to determine what their needs were to expand job opportunities.
Her organization specializes in business training and development.