PAXTON — The Ford County Board hopes to take advantage of free services offered by the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) to save costs on revising personnel manuals.
At the board's personnel committee meeting this week, chairman Rick Bowen said changes are needed to bring consistency between all three manuals. Bowen noted that each manual — one for general county employees, one for probation department employees and one for sheriff's office employees — contains different language.
"We've got handbooks that cover the general county employees, and then we've got separate manuals covering union employees (in the probation and sheriff's offices), so we've got to mesh those together and try to make them agree with each other," Bowen said.
Sheriff Mark Doran warned the board earlier this month that it might cost as much as $30,000 to revise the personnel manuals. However, Bowen said this week that CIRMA offers, as a free service to its members, assistance with updates to employee handbooks and safety manuals.
"So we are going to pursue that angle and talk with CIRMA and see what's available through them," Bowen said.