The challenge of municipal management is that significant change is almost always on the horizon. Given the state of employment in local government, a responsible councilman or board member needs to be prepared for any staffing upheaval that may occur. Making conscientious decisions that will have a positive, long-lasting effect can be made much easier with professional help. And yes, it can be far more cost-effective. So let's take a deeper look at what a professional team has to offer in a transition process.
The KMS team has decades of experience leading boroughs, townships, cities, and authorities in handling the varied and complex matters that public entities face. Strategically located throughout the Commonwealth, the team is ready to help with a range of issues like assessing current personnel needs, helping to fill a vacancy, and even running day-to-day municipal operations for as long as you need. If you have a particular project that may be beyond the capacity or bandwidth of your staff, we are prepared. How about the ability to help with the training of your current management team? We’ve got you covered.
Providing local governments with skilled and experienced employees to help during a transition is a core KMS service. Management vacancies can leave gaping holes in operations, leadership, and planning. With decades of experience, our team understands the complexities of the internal operations and external pressures that make local government unique.
KMS can provide a fully insured, experienced manager to serve as either an interim manager or provide professional support to an existing employee acting in an interim capacity.
Our systematic and proven approach to municipal recruitment is multifaceted, and it starts with our team collaborating with you to review the position’s existing job description and/or develop an updated job description. Next, we review the respective ordinance governing the position for which recruitment services are being provided. Next, our team will implement a targeted outreach strategy, including digital recruitment strategies and engaging our vast network of municipal officials to announce the vacancy.
The search will seek to engage local candidates if possible. Allowing for local participation is a critical part of the outreach strategy; however, the recruitment effort's reach will be broad to identify a quality pool of candidates. KMS will collect and analyze the resumes and letters of interest received. Our team will lead the entire process – from screening candidates to scheduling and conducting interviews to assisting in selection, negotiation and onboarding. We can also assist your solicitor in preparing relevant employment documents, such as an employment agreement.
In addition to the services outlined above, KMS often offers additional benefits to complement the standard recruitment process. Specifically, we are skilled at conducting a thorough salary analysis to help establish a competitive compensation package for the advertised position.
Do you have the time and expertise to do all this independently? Let a professional get the job done right. Then, "fire this thing up" and allow KMS to show you just what we can do for you.
About the Author
David L. Anthony is a member of the Keystone Municipal Solutions team of experts. He is a veteran of municipal government, having served more than 32 years in various positions of public service. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about David and the Keystone Municipal Solutions team, click here.