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Saturday, 15 July 2017 09:33


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By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



When Seward County employees have needed their paychecks or had questions about payroll, benefits or retirement, for the last 17 years, they have gone to Charlotte Hill.

When roads and bridges in the county have repair issues, for the last 12 years, Robert Anderson has been a part of that process.

Friday, the public said goodbye to Hill and Anderson and their nearly 30 years combined experience with the county with a retirement reception.

Hill in particular worked directly under Seward County Administrator April Warden, who herself has been with the county for 16 years.

Warden said the loss of Hill is huge not only to her, but to the county itself, but she said with ever changing employment and payroll laws, as well as the human resources field itself, the loss was one that seemingly was inevitable.

“She comes with a lot of experience, but we were fortunate enough that the commissioners allowed us to have Juan Mesa train with her prior to her leaving,” Warden said. “I feel like he’s up to speed and ready to go in her absence, but she will be greatly missed.”

In addition to being the county’s administrator, Warden is also the human resource director for the entity, and she said Hill was a huge asset and a very detailed person.

“She just knew it inside and out,” she said. “You could ask her anything, and she typically knew the answer. If not, she would find it. What else can I say? She’s going to be truly missed. I’ve worked with her ever since I came here 16 years ago, and she’s been here 17.”

Along with Hill’s experience comes her expertise, Warden said.

“People knew that when it was retirement questions or benefit questions or payroll questions, she was going to give them the right advice,” she said. “I never had to worry that the job wasn’t going to be done.”

Even with Mesa now on board, Warden said Hill’s retirement creates a definite empty space in her department.

“It’ll be different,” Warden said. “She’s been here for a long time, and people admire her.”

As for Anderson, Warden said the Road & Bridge employee has received many compliments on his work from county constituents.

“In fact, not too long ago, we had a constituent come up to say what a great job he does on their road and what he does for them, and they were very saddened to hear that he was going to be leaving us,” Warden said.

The administrator added Anderson’s position will be one that is hard to fill. alt

“We are seeing a lot of our employees in that department have been long-term employees, so we’re starting to have a lot of them that are retiring or are eligible for retirement,” she said. “That position does require a CDL license. Sometimes, those positions are hard to fill, and definitely somebody who’s had the experience with the heavy equipment and the road graders and the trucks. He’ll be missed. We have a lot of employees that stay with us for the long-term, and it’s very hard to see them go and to replace them.”

Warden said the nearly three decades of combined experience between Hill and Anderson, along with ever changing laws, which she said always bring something new to the table, all leave some big shoes to fill for their replacements.

“Sometimes, they bring with that some expertise as well because they too were required to stay up to speed with those laws,” Warden said of Hill’s experience. 

Warden said she feels Mesa, who has trained for some time under Hill’s guidance, will do a great job in place of the outgoing employee.

“He knows our system well,” Warden said. “He’s had an opportunity to meet the employees. Sometimes, that takes a while. Charlotte has built relationships with these employees, and they know her well. I feel like a lot of them turn to Juan now, and they know that he’s here for them in the future.”


 

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