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County looks at creating HR position

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Still gathering information, Bullitt Fiscal Court members are pondering the hiring of a human resources manager.

The discussion was raised over the past year but talks accelerated recently when the pending start of the Affordable Care health act was mentioned.

During a special meeting set up to talk specifically about the new position in county government, fiscal court members had little to say.

In fact, the matter was tabled until the Sept. 17 meeting.

Deputy judge Lisa Craddock secured a copy of a Hardin County job description for the HR position.

Court members were surprised the position carried so many duties in Hardin County.

Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh said one duty which would be handled by the local person would be insurance.

Whoever is hired, she said experience in the insurance field should be required. She also looked for that person to help educate county workers on their health care plans.

Magistrate John Bradshaw submitted copies of two private sector job descriptions for the HR position.

Magistrate Bob Hunt requested Craddock get more information from counties like Oldham and Spencer since Hardin County is a little bigger than Bullitt.

But county judge Melanie Roberts said Craddock is very busy and she didn't want her going on some wild goose chase if the magistrates really weren't interested in creating the position.

Magistrate Joe Laswell said he requested information from the state magisterial association but had not received it yet. He was looking for things such as pay scale, job description and qualifications.

"I think we could use an HR person," said Laswell.

Ashbaugh said the position is needed as soon as possible.

Hunt agreed that the county attorney's office is answering too many benefits questions than it should.

Treasurer Kenann Sharp said she deals with health care questions daily.

County attorney Monica Robinson said no one is trained on the federal health care privacy regulations, which could be a problem.

Laswell felt confident that the court members could look at the information and come up with an agreeable solution.

The court will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse. The public is invited.