The Huron County Commissioners are going forward with a plan to add a county human resources position.
Commissioner Mike Adelman said the board passed a resolution this week to create the position, which is the first step in the process.
After creating a job description and deciding on salary, benefits and whether the position will be full- or part-time, the county must submit the request to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for approval.
"This is something we've talked about on and off for the last couple years," Adelman said. "We're taking it one step at a time."
He stressed the position would not be taking the place or duties of the recently eliminated county administrator position.
The human resources position is being created to help employees with health insurance questions, sit in on contract negotiations and create and screen potential employees. Adelman said other county office holders, as well as county employees, have told the board a human resources position would be beneficial.
"Lots of other counties have this position," Adelman said.
Because many of the duties of the human resources position are currently done by consultants, Adelman expects this position to actually save the county money through reduced reliance on outside consultants.
"Whatever we end up determining we can pay in that position, we believe we will still save money, rather than still using consultants in some areas," he said.