By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor
CROSSVILLE – The Cumberland County Commission voted unanimously Monday to add the position of human resources director to the county pay scale. This position will handle human resources for all county departments and is under the supervision of County Mayor Allen Foster.
“Cumberland County has around 400 employees,” said Foster. “We’re not a small county anymore, and we saw the need for this to get processes in place. A lot of people do that through their finance department and they work hard to do that, but they are finance people.
“We’ve seen the need for an HR person. We want to streamline the hiring process, the firing process and onboarding new employees. We want someone that can update our policies and procedures to work for the employer and the employee. In a time where we must comply with FMLA, affirmative action, EEOC, state and federal regulations, we just felt that we were of the size that HR is not a want, it is a need.”
The position is scheduled to be advertised this week. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Administration or a closely related field and have experience in a supervisory Human Resource position.
Resumes need to be submitted to the Cumberland County Mayor’s Office located at 2 N. Main Street, Suite 203 by Dec. 10. Mayor Foster said that he hopes to have someone hired in January.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and thankful that the county commission saw this need and approved the funds for it” Foster added.