Chapter 2.600
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Sections:

2.600.010    Creation and purpose.

2.600.020    Definitions.

2.600.030    Authority.

2.600.040    Director.

2.600.050    Appointment of director.

2.600.060    Functions.

2.600.070    Organization by director.

2.600.080    Severability.

2.600.010 Creation and purpose.

There is hereby established a Snohomish county human resources department. It shall be the purpose of the department to provide and administer, subject to local, state, and federal law, a professional system of human resources management for county employees through the development, communication and reasoned application of policies, rules and procedures and by selection and implementation of programs which improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the county’s human resources.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994).

2.600.020 Definitions.

(1) "Council" means the Snohomish county council.

(2) "Executive" means the Snohomish county executive.

(3) "County human resources system" means those statements of policy and procedure contained in Title 3A SCC or its successor, and in executive orders, policies, rules and procedures, and training.

(4) "Exempt employee system" means the conditions of employment for personnel exempt from the county human resources system as specified by chapter 3.68 SCC, and amendments.

(5) "Department" means the Snohomish county human resources department.

(6) "Director" means the director of the department of human resources or his/her designee.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994).

2.600.030 Authority.

The department of human resources shall have the authority for administration of the Snohomish county human resources system in accordance with its rules, federal and state law and the rules of any regulatory agency with assigned jurisdiction. The department’s scope of authority shall include but not be limited to the following functional areas:

(1) Employment services, as limited by SCC 2.600.060(1);

(2) Training;

(3) Classification;

(4) Pay administration;

(5) Employee benefits;

(6) Employee relations;

(7) Labor negotiations;

(8) Employee records and information; and

(9) Staff support to human resources boards.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994; Ord. 04-115, Nov. 22, 2004, Eff. date Jan. 1, 2005; Ord. 04-141, Jan. 19, 2005, Eff. Date Jan. 31, 2005).

2.600.040 Director.

(1) The director of the department of human resources shall be the administrative head of the department, and shall be supervised by the county executive. The director shall prepare and submit to the executive annual budget estimates for the department as provided in SCC 4.26.030. The director shall appoint all officers and employees of the department in accordance with the rules of the county human resources system.

(2) The director at his/her discretion may create temporary advisory committees for the purpose of enabling employees and management to provide input and/or to participate in the development or administration of programmatic elements. The director shall have sole authority over the makeup and duration of such committees.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994; Amended Ord. 07-015, March 21, 2007, Eff date April 7, 2007).

2.600.050 Appointment of director.

The director shall be appointed by the executive subject to confirmation by the county council. He/she shall serve at the pleasure of the executive and shall be a member of the county exempt employee system.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1987; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994).

2.600.060 Functions.

(1) Employment Services. The department shall act in an advisory capacity to departments regarding the processes of filling county position vacancies and determining and performing the necessary recruitment, application, examination and certification practices. These processes are subject to applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements.

(2) Training. The department in conjunction with county department heads shall assess the training needs of county employees and recommend programs, seminars, educational courses or other activities which can improve employee job performance or prepare the employee for advancement. Curriculum, course content development, instructor and participant selection and scheduling and funding recommendations shall be included in this function.

(3) Classification. The department will develop and maintain a system of classification. The department’s intention is to place positions with similar duties and responsibilities in the same class using the same descriptive title, salary schedule and qualifications for employment. Classifications shall be organized into a plan and the department will carry out periodic reviews to determine necessary combination, abolishment or revision of class specifications or the establishment of new classes to reflect organizational changes.

(4) Pay Administration. The department shall prepare and submit an annual pay plan for council approval which shall establish the official rate of pay for each position in county employment. The pay plan will provide for the assignment of each position to a pay range which takes into account the prevailing rate of pay for such work, considering the availability of funds, and shall be administered in accordance with rules and procedures adopted as a part of the human resources system, exempt employee system and collective bargaining agreements.

(5) Employee Benefits. Employee benefits shall consist of all non-salary perquisites determined by the county to be necessary as a portion of total compensation to attract and retain qualified employees. The department may recommend additions, deletions and other adjustments to maintain benefits which are equivalent to those provided by comparable public and private employers considering the availability of funds and the makeup and desires of the workforce. Employee benefits include, but are not limited to, paid and unpaid leave provisions; insurance-based programs; monetary or nonmonetary awards and incentives; and savings, investment or other thrift programs.

(6) Employee Relations. The department shall promote positive employee relations through all of its administrative and program efforts. Important areas of emphasis shall include: development of necessary rules and procedures covering all human resources management responsibilities; communication of such rules and procedures and thorough training in their use; provision of a system for evaluating employee performance, correcting poor performance and recognizing excellent accomplishments; prompt investigation and resolution of complaints and grievances; encouragement and serious consideration of employee ideas to improve the quality of their work life; referrals for assistance, advice and counsel relative to any personal problems or concerns which may negatively affect the employment relationship.

(7) Labor Negotiations. The department shall lead and direct the conduct of labor negotiations in accordance with policy guidelines established by the executive and council.

(8) Employee Records and Information. The department shall maintain central employee records and personnel information systems which shall be the official county record of all personnel actions and the employment history of each employee. Records and other information shall be confidential and maintained in accordance with state law.

(9) Staff Support to Human Resources Boards. The department shall provide secretarial and other staff support to the law enforcement officers and firefighters (LEOFF) disability board and to any other human resources boards which may be created for the purpose of performing or reviewing functions which are assigned under this chapter to the human resources department.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994; Ord. 04-115, Nov. 22, 2004, Eff. date Jan. 1, 2005; Ord. 04-141, Jan. 19, 2005, Eff date Jan. 31, 2005).

2.600.070 Organization by director.

Subject to the approval of the executive, the director may create divisions and sections, and may reassign positions and functions within the department; PROVIDED That appropriate budget and personnel transfers are made with executive and council approval.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994).

2.600.080 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter shall not be affected.

(Ord. 82-074 § 1, adopted Aug. 11, 1982; Amended Ord. 85-097, September 25, 1985; Amended Ord. 94-050, § 1, July 6, 1994).