West College Street
Florence, AL 35630
Telephone (256) 760-6360
Fax (256) 740-4140
M. Sockwell, Director
email:Lyda Thompson, Personnel
email:Teresa Maddox, Benefits
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.
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.
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.
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.