Created: 12/29/2013 2:12 PM WHEC.com
By: Erinn Cain/Messenger Post
With Ontario County experiencing a high number of retirements by county employees in 2013 — and expecting similar numbers to continue in the years to come — communication, training and mentorship are keys to ensuring a smooth transition for county operations, said County Director of Human Resources Mary Krause.
In 2013, there was a total of about 40 retirements by Ontario County employees — a record-high number of retirements in recent years, Krause said. This amount compares to 29 retirements in 2012.
“The retirement of the baby boomers has affected the county, as it has affected other organizations,” Krause said, adding that there were 848 full-time positions in the county this year. “… We certainly believe we’ll continue to see significant numbers of retirements.”
Krause said the retirements this year have been spread out across county departments.
Out of the approximately 40 retirements this year, she said, the county abolished five full-time and two part-time positions, including a position at the county landfill and a substance abuse counselor position, which was due to the transfer of the operation of the Turnings outpatient clinic in Hopewell to the Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency Inc. in 2014. With another three or four positions vacated due to retirement, the county created something else in their place, Krause added.
Krause's own department saw three retirements this year. Each employee who retired had at least 20 years of experience, Krause said.
“Continuity and transition are the biggest challenges,” she said. “Also, the loss of the knowledge base.”
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