Human Resources Department


Description

The Human Resources Department serves as a support system for all City departments and all City employees by processing payroll, interpreting, and updating policies, properly maintaining personnel files, keeping the City in compliance with federal and state employment laws, managing benefits, and improving communication.

Goals and Objectives

  • Ensure that properly qualified individuals are recruited, developed, and retained
  • Assist employees with all questions and issues
  • Ensure adequate and affordable benefit packages for employees
  • Ensure a safe, productive, and pleasant workplace

In order to meet these goals, we will

  • Strive to meet the needs of our changing workforce, our tenured employees, and the City of Fredericksburg
  • Fill vacant and new positions with qualified, eager, ambitious individuals that will lead our organization into the future
  • Work on our benefits package in order to be competitive with our peers
  • Visit different department locations throughout the year to be visible and approachable, and get to know employees better
  • Facilitate open communication, an open door policy, and availability to answer questions and discuss information regarding insurance, Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS), supplemental benefits, employment, and other issues

What we accomplished in 2022-2023

  • Successfully worked with City of Fredericksburg management, City Council, and supervisors to implement the results of the step-pay plan for Fire/EMS and Police
  • Assisted in management of departments and employees to try and foster a pleasant work environment
  • Transferred two administrative employees to the HR department to facilitate better cooperation among departments and proper working conditions
  • Continued to educate our employees on their insurance benefits and supplemental insurance coverages
  • Guided employees through the retirement process and participated in finding qualified, suited replacements for their vacated positions
  • Managed the civil hearing process and facilitated entire process
  • Served as contact for City of Fredericksburg, Code Enforcement Officers, Civil Hearing Officer, and code citation customers
  • Served as Assistant to the Civil Hearing Officer to all processes related to Civil Hearings

What we plan to accomplish in 2023-2024

  • Complete update of our Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Continue to monitor our self-insured group health insurance program, educate employees on insurance benefits, determine best coverages for our employees and the organization, and monitor our claims throughout the year to manage our funds and stay on top of costs
  • Continue to encourage our employees to take more ownership of their health insurance and additional benefits provided by the City of Fredericksburg
  • Complete implementation of new HR and payroll software and complete training of same for all our employees
  • Work diligently to find qualified individuals to fill the thirteen new positions added for FY 2023 as well as other vacant positions
  • Continue to collaborate with employees, supervisors, and department heads to be certain they have the tools and knowledge they need to perform their jobs successfully