At a July 10 meeting, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees votes to create a human resources manager position.

At a July 10 meeting, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees votes to create a human resources manager position.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Board approves request to create HR manager position in Macomb Township

Annual compensation between $82,000 and $91,000

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 15, 2019

 Macomb Township Trustee Roger Krzeminski initially presented the request in June to create the position of human resources manager.

Macomb Township Trustee Roger Krzeminski initially presented the request in June to create the position of human resources manager.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In a 4-3 vote, Macomb Township is proceeding with recruiting a candidate for the position of human resources manager.

At a July 10 meeting, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved a request to approve the job description and proceed with recruiting a candidate to fill the position of human resources manager.

Supervisor Janet Dunn, Treasurer Karen Goodhue, along with trustees Nancy Never and Roger Krzeminski voted “yes.”

At the June 26 meeting, Krzeminski requested Tom Esordi, HR director and general counsel, to create a new non-union position in the Human Resources Department.

Krzeminski said now was the right time to create the position because he looked at other township departments with assistants and deputies and figured there should be one in the Human Resources Department.

AFSCME Local 1917 Representative Denis Martin asked why a trustee is handling manpower issues and directing the hiring of personnel.

The biggest issue Martin said the management union has with the request is the township is not eligible to hire another non-union position in the Human Resources Department.

After contacting the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, or MERC, Martin said  Macomb Township is allowed two non-represented positions – currently occupied by Esordi and Kristin Orlando, Esordi’s confidential assistant.

“Unless one of those individuals is vacating their positions, the township is in violation of the MERC certification,” Martin said.

“With it being a union or non-union job, because of the sensitivity this person will have, it has to be a non-union job,” Krzeminski said.

The township website indicates that currently, the Human Resources Department has two employees, in addition to Esordi.

“They’re understaffed and this is just adding another person to the department. Down the line, we might have to add another person because of the township’s growth,” Krzeminski said.

The proposed job description states that annual compensation for the position is between $82,000 and $91,000.

“The human resources manager is responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resources function,” the description states.

The manager would report to Esordi and manage human resources employees.

Key responsibilities include overseeing the administration and implementation of human resources policies and procedures affecting all township employees; overseeing the maintenance of confidential personnel files; assisting human resources director/general counsel; handling as appropriate any claims under local union grievance procedures; and assisting or handling as appropriate internal investigations.

A bachelor’s degree in human resources, public administration or a closely related field is required. Over 10 years of full-time management experience is also required.

Krzeminski said his request to add the position was not in response to calls to separate the human resources and legal counsel positions.

When asked if it is normal for a trustee to recommend a new position, Krzeminski said it’s different.

“I’ve been here long enough and I look three or four years from now where we’re going to be,” he said.

Shortly before the vote, Trustee Kathy Smith asked for a postponement so Esordi could speak with the union to make sure there aren’t any MERC issues. That motion failed 4-3.   

Goodhue said as human resources director, Esordi has been bombarded with FOIA requests and legal aspects of the township.

Now that the request is approved, a description will be posted online.

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