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QUEENSBURY — The town of Queensbury is now officially looking for a human resources manager.

But there’s no guarantee that a manager will be hired.

“We’ll see what responses we get,” Supervisor John Strough said after the Town Board voted unanimously to create the position Monday. “Possibly hire someone.”

He said the position would reduce his workload to 50 hours a week, down from the current 60 hours a week.

“Human resources management is a position I’ve been doing, but I certainly could use help doing it,” he said.

The manager would answer to the board, he added.

The town has had a series of labor disputes with its CSEA union members, and got a fine from the Department of Labor last year for not involving the union in developing a workplace violence prevention plan.

The manager would help town administration handle labor issues, from sexual harassment and other disciplinary issues to hiring and firing. Strough also envisions the manager as creating employee handbooks and working on employee morale.

Board members Jennifer Switzer and Catherine Atherden began writing the job description for the position shortly after they won office last year. Board members have said Strough is too busy to handle every detail of human resources, and occasionally that has led to problems that the board must resolve — like the fine last year.

“It’s been needed for a long time at the town,” Switzer said. “It’ll protect all of us.”

The position has not yet been budgeted, but the tentative salary range is $55,000 to $60,000.

The town is looking for someone who knows the “principles and techniques” of public sector personnel administration, labor law and labor negotiation. Candidates must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher in human resource management, public administration, business administration or a comparable field, with two years experience, or an associate’s degree with four years experience.

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reporter - Health care, Moreau, Queensbury, South Glens Falls

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