Polk County Iowa Human Resources

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We've compiled a quick reference guide to assist you in answering your many questions. If you're not sure who to call, you may call the Human Resources Department's main number, 286-3200, and your call will be directed to the correct area.

Jim Nahas, Director of Human Resources

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  • Directs the operations of the Human Resources Department.
  • Attends external meetings representing the department.

Amy Edmondson, HR Administrative Assistant - Email her!

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  • Provides clerical support to the Director and the Human Resources staff.
  • Schedules pre-employment physicals and works closely with new employees.
  • Processes all internal and external job vacancies.
  • Administers the County's Commuter Choice Plan and responds to bus pass and parking questions/issues.
  • Processes the department bi-weekly payroll and payroll for the summer employment program.
  • Generates FMLA packets for Polk County employees and their families.

Gail Stevenson, Employment Administrator - Email her!

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  • Works closely with the employment manager and departments during the recruitment/selection process.
  • Coordinates/oversees detention officer recruitments.
  • Schedules/conducts employment testing.
  • Administers the summer hire program; conducts interviews; and coordinates placements with various departments.

Tom Stein, Compensation Administrator - Email him!

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  • Administers the county-wide classification and compensation system.
  • Maintains the County’s organizational charts.
  • Conducts organizational studies.
  • Conducts job audits.
  • Develops job descriptions.
  • Develops the annual Affirmative Action Plan.

Mike Campbell, Labor Relations Manager - Email him!

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  • Represents management in the negotiations, interpretation, and administration of multiple collective bargaining units.
  • Oversees and represents the county in administrative law.
  • Reviews/investigates employee complaints and grievances.
  • Works with employees requesting FMLA, disability and donated leave.

Lola Evans, Benefits Administrator - Email her!

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  • Coordinates Polk County’s deferred compensation program.
  • Administers Polk County’s employee medical, dental and life insurance benefits.
  • Responds to employee requests on issues related to benefits including health and life insurance, employee eligibility and enrollment, and distribution of policies.
  • Coordinates new employee orientation.

Erin Freeman, Employment Manager - Email her!

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  • Supervises/evaluates and manages the employment and compensation functions including the work of staff.
  • Plans, develops and oversees the County's employment function including recruitment, selection and placement of applicants.
  • Plans, develops and oversees the County's classification and compensation system.
  • Interprets County policies and procedures, union contracts, and legal regulations pertaining to employment/selection and responds to questions.
  • Coordinates activities relative to the Compensation Board meeting by gathering information and preparing reports to key personnel.
  • Coordinates activities relative to the implementation and maintenance of employee information systems.

Andrew Mettille, HR Analyst/Wellness Coordinator - Email him!

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  • Director of the Polk County Employee Wellness Program.
  • Polk County employee internal instructor for the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/First Aid renewal course certifications.
  • Assists Workers Compensation Tech by maintaining/keeping current established County claim records.
  • Assists in development of the Human Resources budget; prepares budget and monitors expenditures.
  • Assists in Employee Training and Testing.

Frank A. Cataldo, Risk Manager - Email him!

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  • Administers the Workers Compensation program.
  • Administers the self-insured auto, propert/casualty, general liability, and workers compensation programming.
  • Reviews all incident reports involving auto, property/casualty, general liability, and workers compensation claims.

Jody McVey, HR Analyst - Email her!

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  • Prepares/processes Memorandum of Appointments and Agenda items for approval of the Board of Supervisors.
  • Inputs all employee changes into the automated payroll software system.
  • Assists in development of the Human Resources budget; prepares budget and monitors expenditures.
  • Process and provide information to Polk County employees on FMLA issues.
  • Assists in Employee Training and Testing.

Cindy Dorhout, Workers Compensation Tech - Email her!

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  • Investigates/processes self-insured workers compensation claims
  • Gathers information by requesting statements from witnesses, supervisors, claimants, doctors and other medical providers.
  • Provides information to claimants, employees, and providers regarding the workers compensation, general liability and risk management policies/procedures.
  • Monitors progress of medical care and coordinates employee return to work.
  • Maintains records/logs of injuries in accordance with OSHA regulations and County procedures.

Rodney Tucker, Safety & Loss Control Specialist - Email him!

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  • Coordinates Claim cost containment/recovery strategies ncluding case management, surveillance, bill review, subrogation and insurance revoeries.
  • Conducts investigations of accidents involving County property, equipment and employees.
  • Conducts investigations of job related accidents, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Assists County departments, safety committees, managers and employees in identifying and resolving occupational health and safety issues and ensures that county-wide programs are implemented/maintained.
  • Inspects County buildings, job sites, equipment, and work practices for compliance with Federal, State and County statutes regarding safety, fire and environmental standards.

Human Resources Department Contact

111 Court Ave, Suite 390
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone : (515) 286-3200
Fax : (515) 286-3316
Department Hours : Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Polk County Administrative Building
111 Court Ave, Suite 390
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3200
Fax: (515) 286-3316
Dept. Hours: 8am- 5pm, Mon.-Fri.


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