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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- Alanna Sullivan, director of the new Human Resources Department in the Wilson County government, gave members of the Wilson County Commission a report on many new and improved things she has brought to the department in the past several months.

Sullivan spoke at length during Monday nights commission meeting at the request of Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. He said Sullivan will give the commission a quarterly report beginning in 2012.

One of the biggest undertakings Ive done is job descriptions, Sullivan said, pointing out she has completed formal job descriptions of 81 county positions and expects to complete the remaining 28 by the end of the year.

Sullivan also said the department has established a webpage connected to the county website with links to applications, job descriptions, openings, training opportunities and county policies.

Its a great resource for our employees and the public, Sullivan said.

One of the largest difficulties faced by the county in the HR department, Sullivan said, was the duplication of records. She said the department is working to create online personnel records that will keep duplication to a minimum and provide easy access to them, saving the county money.

Along with those records, Sullivan is creating an access database that will allow department heads and the HR and Finance departments to gain easy access to an employees work history and personal information.

Sullivan has also created a single county application, compiling information and questions from previous applications to make things easier when people apply. She said the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency had different questions for applicants on their form and she added that to the basic form, creating one streamlined application for every department.

Sullivan also plans to start conducting exit interviews for outgoing employees, hoping to learn vital information that she says can help with existing county employees.

Often you learn how to retain the good employees that we have, she said.

Also during the meeting, the commission unanimously approved a resolution to extend water lines into target areas outside of municipalities, using a Tennessee Small Cities Community Development Block Grant of $500,000, which will be matched by the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County contributing another $500,000.

District 9 Commissioner Sara Patton, who presented the resolution, said the county is not spending any money since the Water and Wastewater Authority is providing the match to the grant.

Patton said the money will help run water lines to areas of the county that do not have access to public water, but with the high cost of water lines, she said it would run about 6 miles of line.

The commission also struggled with rules issues as two resolutions were deferred back to the Rules Committee. One resolution proposed to change the Rules of Order of the County Commission so that minutes of the Wilson County Road Commission would be included in the squires monthly packet.

Another resolution proposed including the minutes of the Wilson County Planning Commission into the monthly packet for county commissioners. Both resolutions were deferred because they were not approved by the Rules Committee.

The Rules Committee met this month but only I and (District 13 Commissioner) Clint Thomas were there, said District 23 Commissioner Bernie Ash.

Ash said he recommended the resolutions be brought to the full commission anyway, and several commissioners asked that the measures be sent back to the Rules Committee.

Both resolutions were sent back by a vote of 13-10 on the first and 14-9 on the second. Commissioners Adam Bannach and Fred Weston of Districts 18 and 3, respectively, were absent from the meeting.

Commission also presented special recognition to Paulette Dorris, the sister of the late Edsel Floyd, recognizing Floyds vast contributions to Watertown and Wilson County as a whole. Floyd, a former mayor and alderman of Watertown, was long involved in the community and served for many years as a public address announcer at Watertown High School football games. He was also the Postmaster in Watertown.

Also, the Friendship Christian Schools football team was recognized for its achievements en route to winning the Class 2A state football championship, which was the first state football title by any high school in Wilson County.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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