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Spotsy supervisors expand hiring authority


Date published: 10/11/2012

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"It seems to me that we're getting down in the weeds here," Skinner said. "I don't want to fix anything that's not broken."

Barnes said he wouldn't hire department heads or a deputy county administrator without first briefing supervisors, regardless of the HR policy.

In fact, those employees will continue to report to Barnes, based on the revised policy. He will evaluate them and have the power to fire them.

"At the end of the day, they'll still be working for me," said Barnes, who has worked in Spotsylvania government for about 35 years.

The policy also has flexibility regarding the hiring of department heads. Supervisors can delegate that authority to Barnes.

Still, Pitts said it doesn't make sense for the board to hire top employees only to turn around and make the county administrator supervise them.

"I think it's a bad policy decision for this board to tell the county administrator who he has to work with," he said.

Ross said the "buck stops with the board," and the hiring changes reflect that. He noted that Barnes will still participate in the hiring process.

"We're not micromanaging," Ross said. "We are part of the selection process to get who we feel is the best."

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com


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"The Board of Supervisors shall appoint the deputy county administrator and deputy county attorney.

"The county administrator will evaluate and discipline the deputy county administrator. Disciplinary authority shall include the ability to discharge the deputy county administrator.

"The county attorney will evaluate and discipline the deputy county attorney. Disciplinary authority shall include the ability to discharge the deputy county attorney.

"The Board of Supervisors shall appoint all department directors subject to consultation with the county administrator. The Board of Supervisors may delegate this authority to the county administrator. The county administrator will evaluate and discipline department directors. Disciplinary authority shall include the ability to discharge a department director."