VALPARAISO | In hopes of getting a better grip on employee issues facing county government, the Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to hire a private firm to conduct a human resource audit.
Desila Rosetti, of Organizational Development Solutions Inc. of Westville, will be paid $24,450 to carry out the review of issues such a employee hours, use of time cards and office policies, said Commissioner President John Evans, R-North.
The goal is to determine what the county is doing right and wrong when it comes to human resources issues, he said.
Once the report is complete, Evans said he intends to ask the Porter County Council to consider hiring a part-time human resource person to be on hand a minimum of one or two days a week to stay on top of the needs.
Organizational Development Solutions Inc. had approached the county with the idea of conducting the audit, he said. No other firms were contacted, though another could be chosen for the part-time human resource work.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners agreed to recommend the county council approve up to $1 million be spent to upgrade in-house radio equipment at the county's E911 department.
Porter County Communications Director John Jokantas said the current equipment, which is 15 to 20 years old, needs to be replaced.
The funding is to come from the interest on the proceeds from the sale of the county hospital, Evans said.
The commissioners also unanimously agreed to to rent space in Portage from Porter Regional Hospital to allow the health department to relocate from the nearby north county complex.
The three-year agreement, which amounts to $1,521 a month, will both provide more room for the county health department and address a problem of young people having to wait for immunizations just a few feet away from jail inmates waiting to go to court, Evans said.
The rent will be paid from proceeds from the county's income tax.