City of Altus preparing for retirements

By Mary O.Esparza, -

The City of Altus Human Resources Department has people inquiring, and applying daily for employment. The application process can be lengthy and there are local, state and federal employment guidelines and regulations that have to be followed. Applicants must have a background investigation, acceptable driving record and perform a drug screen test.

Director of Human Resources, Angie Murphy, said the City of Altus will have a handful of employees possibly retiring within the next five years. Each of these employees have over 30 years of experience and know the precise mechanisms and functions of city machinery, electric meters, water and sewer lines, water systems, vehicles and city property. These employees have also seen the changes within the administration, department heads, city policies, programs, ordinances and building relocations.

Due to the possible retirements and changes of employees, an upcoming Succession Plan is being developed by the Human Resource Department. Step one is to meet with long time employees and receive input. Step two will be to research and record the exact details of “functions that only they know,” hear their negative and positive job experiences, and record internal and external components of every department.

Those long-time employees that will be asked to give input include Phil Beauchamp – Engineering – 37 years; Steve Perry – Water Department – 36 years; Kenny Combs – Sanitation – 34 years; Dennis Murphy – Electric/Parks – 34 years; Ramiro Martinez – Street Department – 34 years; Gene Young – Sewer Plant – 38 years; and Gene Leister – Water Treatment Plant – 36 years.

In addition to the succession plan, a Supervisor Improvement Program is also planned. The program will include essential learning tools to help supervisors with administration, how to form and maintain a budget, leadership training, interviewing and hiring, payroll, employment laws, safety regulations, conflict resolutions and Department of Correction procedures.

Murphy said the goal for employee turnover rate is under 10 percent. The City of Altus turnover in 2009 was at 8 percent. The turnover has been 20 percent for 2010, 2011 and 2012, 17 percent for 2013 and 2014, and 21 percent for 2015.

By Mary O.Esparza,

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 508-482-1221, ext. 2077

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 508-482-1221, ext. 2077

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