City Personnel Department Receives ‘Award of Excellence’ at International HR Conference
The City of Fresno Personnel Services Department was honored last week with an Award of Excellence from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA-HR). The award recognizes the quality, accomplishments, and contributions of agency personnel programs over a three year period. The presentation was made at the IMPA-HR Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

Fresno was selected, in part, for its prudent fiscal management during recent budget challenges, which have crippled many public agencies. The City’s Personnel Services department worked to manage the impact of proposed job cuts by offering, evaluating and implementing alternatives to staff layoffs. The department also focused on communicating with affected parties and offering retraining opportunities where possible to retain experienced personnel within the organization.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin commended the Personnel Services Department on its achievement. “Our City’s employees benefit every day from the outstanding work of our Personnel Department,” she said. “The professionalism of the department staff and their commitment to providing top quality service is clearly reflected in this much-deserved recognition.”

The City’s award in the medium-sized agency category reflected its service to 4,950 permanent, permanent part-time and temporary employees. The department consists of six divisions: Administration; Organization Development and Training; Human Resources Operations; Labor Relations; Risk Management; and Benefits Compensation.

IPMA-HR cited the City’s leadership and involvement with the County of Fresno, Fresno Unified School District and Fresno County Office of Education to form the Public Sector Collaborative (PSC), a cluster of the larger entity, the Regional Jobs Initiative (RJI). This group leveraged ideas and resources to meet common goals for recruitment as well as for pooling training resources, with a universal message of, “Change your Job, Change your Community.”

Internally, the department has also developed a multi-level staff development program focused on succession planning and developing future City leaders. The program includes opportunities for those not currently serving in leadership roles to better understand “what life is like as a supervisor.”

Terry Bond, Director of Personnel Services, received the award at the IPMA-HR conference last week. “I’m very pleased to accept this honor on behalf of the staff of our Personnel Department, and the City of Fresno,” she said. “It’s gratifying to be part of an organization that is so strongly committed to helping its employees succeed and thrive.”

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing resources and advocacy for public human resource professionals at all levels.