Tuesday, May 6, 2008

County to Hire Stevens & Lee for HR Director Search, Department Evaluation

The County Commissioners are expected to approve a contract, Wednesday, to hire a division of Stevens & Lee "to assist with an overall assessment of Lancaster County's Human Resources Department... and to assist with the search for a Director of Human Resources."

Bonnie Ashworth has been serving as the Interim Director of Human Resources since the dismissal of Jane E'Del in early February.

County Clerk Andrea McCue said the assessment is being undertaken in order to "ensure that policies and procedures are being applied consistently throughout County government."

She also said that a search for a Human Resources Director should be delegated to an outside firm in order to ensure a fair and impartial process.

Timothea Kirchner of Stevens & Lee said she expects the entire process to take 4-6 months.

Kenneth Adams of Willow Street, attending Tuesday's Commissioners worksession, called it "concerning that the name of Stevens & Lee back in action within Lancaster County government" and asked the Commissioners to "do your utmost best to be sure that all dealings in this matter do not violate the Sunshine Law."

The contract is with Financial S&Lutions, LLC of Reading, a division of Stevens & Lee, and is in the amount of $35,000.