A part-time staffer will temporarily step up and fill the full-time role of Washington County Human Resources director to ensure a newly installed employment policy change is properly enacted.
She replaces Finance Director Susan Haag, who was named the interim human resources manager in July when the position became vacant.
This internal personnel shuffle supersedes Schoemann’s plan announced two weeks ago to contract a human resources consultant to implement the county’s new paid time-off program, which must be in place in July.
“We were able to find a new approach,” Schoemann said.
As employee relations manager, Weiland had a 24-hour work week in the department. “She will be working more hours (as department director),” Schoemann said. “She is really the front person on both PTO and (county) attendance policy. Sandy has a great deal of credibility with all of the department heads. I think we’re best served to utilize her.”
The County Board approved the PTO program in January with a July implementation deadline. Schoemann will still use a consultant to help recruit a permanent human resources director, he said. “It is the intent to have someone in here before mid-June.”
Schoemann also announced that Michelle Hoey, employee benefits manager in the department, is a candidate for the permanent job of human resources director.
The county employs about 850 people.