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St. Charles Will Create New HR Manager Position, Current Director Let Go

Kate Collier dismissed from job on Nov. 13.

St. Charles has dismissed the city's current director of Human Resources and now plans to reorganize the department to save money. 

According to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kate Collier was dismissed from her job on Nov. 13 at the request of Mayor Sally Faith. The request was approved by the council. 

For the past nine months, Collier worked from home while the city investigated a personnel matter, according to Councilman Mike Klinghammer. 

Council President Laurie Feldman said the city had to take enough time to investigate and consider all options. Faith declined to comment further. 

During that time Director of Administration Michael Spurgeon has been overseeing the HR division at the mayor's request. 

At a December work session, Spurgeon said the city wants to continue to improve the efficiency of the human resources operation going forward. 

The city has had a seperate human resources department for nine years and during that time has had four directors and an interim director.

On Tuesday, the council introduced an ordinance that creates a position of Human Resources Manager which would replace the Human Resources Director. The director of administration would oversee the entire Human Resources division.  

The city plans to fill the new position internally, which would save the city money. 

During the work session, Councilman Dave Beckering raised concerns that the city has too many employees to get rid of a seperate HR department. 

"My concern is related to the perception of the employees," he said. "We've not had a lot of success in terms of someone leading that organization. By subsuming the HR function into the administration, I believe we lower the clout and importance of that function."

The council is expected to take a final vote on the reorganization at the Jan. 8 city council meeting. 

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