Byron council approves hiring policy document

Telegraph correspondentNovember 12, 2013 

BYRON -- City Council approved a hiring policy document during its monthly meeting Monday to standardize city hiring practices.

Telina Allred, city clerk, said the measure wasn’t passed in response to hiring policy problems but was adopted to codify and standardize practices and policies across the city’s departments.

She called the new document a “how to” manual for department heads and others hiring employees for the city. She said the city has followed good hiring practices and hiring requirements in the past -- such as policies and practices regarding equal opportunity employment, sexual harassment policies and conflict of interest issues -- but did not have anything combining all such practices and policies into a single document.

“Council acted to make our overall policy better and clearer to all those who hire for the city,” Allred said. “We didn’t have anything in writing across the board, and now we do.”

In other business, council re-appointed Jimmy Walker as chairman of the Byron Development Authority board and Chris Hodges and Ken Asbury as board members with terms expiring in November 2017.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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