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Wausau explores HR options after merger failure

Wausau City Hall
Wausau City Hall

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau city leaders will spend more on contractual services in their human resources budget next year as they determine the best way to fill a vacant director's position.

A draft budget increases the amount spent on contractual services from $46,000 in 2010 to $67,600 in 2011. The budget requires full City Council approval later this month.

In interviews last week, Mayor Jim Tipple and human resources committee chair Romey Wagner say the city is evaluating what kind of services it needs on both a short and long-term basis and who is best able to provide those services.

City officials are reviewing job descriptions of existing staff. But Wagner says a deal with the county or other municipalities to share human resources services is not off the table.

“We need to see if there is a way for all of us to pull together for the people to get the best product out there to serve all of our needs, most reasonably priced for each one,” Wagner said. With two new committee members, Wagner hopes “there isn't somebody sitting on top of the box that's keeping us from looking outside the city for a temporary solution.”

The city had to re-examine its options after a merger with the county fell through for 2011. Wausau has been without an HR director since Bill Nagle retired in 2008.