The Human Resources Department provides services to ensure that all city departments have the qualified and capable people necessary to support each department’s mission, as well as to ensure appropriate classification, recruitment, testing, performance management and learning, benefits, health and wellness initiatives, labor relations, equal opportunity employment and diversity. The department oversees safety and risk management, personnel policy and program administration, and a variety of employee events and special projects.
In FY16, the department:
- Established the new compensation and classification structure adopted by the Mayor and Council in July 2015, which resulted in more competitive salaries for employees.
- Revised all regular employee job descriptions, according to the new compensation and classification structure, and led communication with employees on the project.
- Successfully negotiated a new contract through months of amicable collective bargaining with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1453.
- Debuted a new employee orientation highlighting the benefits, roles and responsibilities of effective public service, and key policies and procedures.
- Created new training programs to accompany the revised employee safety handbook for new hires and laborers.
- Automated the data tracking portion of the onboarding process for new hires, increasing the ability to provide more analytics.
- Recruited and hired the new City Clerk/Director of Council Operations.
- Began advertising job openings via the city’s Facebook page.
- Developed a new employee performance evaluation tool.
- Launched online benefit open enrollment.
- Launched new online claim forms that allow for more timely and accurate filing of common types of claims.
- Worked collaboratively with community members to resolve claims made against the city.
- Supported the Mayor and Council’s decision to award a contract to Aon Risk Services for insurance broker services, which will enable Aon to assist the city with the acquisition of a variety of insurances to protect the city’s people, property and environment.
- Expanded safety training for employees by hosting snow plow simulation training.
- Provided critical information for the Rockville City Police Department’s accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Coordinated with Rockville Housing Enterprises to identify health insurance for their employees, eliminating health insurance costs to the city.
- Provided human resources expertise to the city’s Ethics Commission.
- Worked with Montgomery County to fill the newly created Project Search position, which offers training and jobs to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Began offering tobacco cessation resources for employees to support the Mayor and Council’s Smoke-Free Rockville initiative.
- Launched a new early morning exercise program for employees at the Gude Drive Maintenance Facility.
- Offered free flu shots and biometric screenings, monthly blood pressure screenings and body composition analysis, lunchtime and after-work exercise classes, onsite massages, a Holiday Challenge promoting weight maintenance, a 5K Jingle Bell Walk, Heart Health Bingo and Health and Fitness Week through the LiveWell wellness program.
- Safety and Risk Manager Marcus Odorizzi was recognized as a Rising Star of Safety “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Safety Council.