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110 West College Street
Room 328
Florence, AL 35630
Telephone (256) 760-6360
Fax (256) 740-4140

email: Sandra M. Sockwell, Director
email:Lyda Thompson, Personnel Secretary
email:Teresa Maddox, Benefits Coordinator

The three full-time employees serve approximately 800 full-time and 100 regular, part-time employees of the City of Florence. the Department is considered to be the customer service section for City employees. Employee benefits (life, health, dental, long-term disability insurance, and retirement) are administered by the Department.

Application Process

When there is an opening in one of the City departments, the job notice is posted in a glass-front case in the hallway just outside the Personnel Department in Room 328 on the third floor of the Municipal Building.  Notices are posted for ten (10) working days, during which time applications are taken for the specific job that is being announced.  After the posting time, applications are screened for required and preferred training, experience, qualifications, certifications, and required licenses.  The City department for which the job has been posted contacts, interviews, and selects the best-suited applicant for that position.

Applications for Civil Service positions are also distributed and received by the Personnel Department as a courtesy to the Civil Service Board.  Applications for positions in the Police Department and Fire Department are taken throughout the year. Civil Service applications cost $1.50 each, payable at the time they are received by the applicant.  These applications are quite lengthy, require the gathering of legal documents, and take several hours for the applicant to prepare.  The Personnel Department assists the Civil Service Board in the applicant testing process.   The Civil Service Board screens and selects candidates, often in cooperation with members of the department for which the applicant is being considered.

Personnel Department Services

Training is coordinated through this department whenever possible and is presented in concert with other City departments. The Safety-Training Committee assists with training and provides information to City employees through the Safety and Personnel Departments.  Training is provided on a number of other topics including employee benefits, managerial/supervisory issues, clerical support staff issues, conflict resolution, and equal employment opportunity issues.  Information is also furnished by this department in a number of areas. These include wellness topics, illness prevention, available health interventions such as vaccinations and inoculations, job performance enhancement strategies, building and sustaining high morale, available community services, and planning for a possible disaster.  Training is also provided to employees concerning employee benefits - what they are, eligibility for, application processes, time limits on, appeals, and special circumstances.  Training and information are also supplied by this department to meet any special conditions or changes that affect City employees.



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