- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The public works director in the steadily growing North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is seeking city permission to create a human resources manager position to help find workers.

There are 30 positions open in the department, including the second-in-command operations manager post, Director David Tuan told the City Commission this week. The skill set needed for public works jobs is similar to the skill set needed for a wide range of high-paying oilfield jobs, making recruiting difficult, he said.

“What it comes down to is, I need help,” Tuan said.

The commission previously has discussed creating a citywide human resources department, the Williston Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1zDPgGG ). City Auditor John Kautzman said Fargo, the state’s largest city, doesn’t use its human resources manager to help with hiring, but more for policy management.

Maintenance Superintendent Dave Bell and Mayor Howard Klug scoffed at the comparison.

“We’re a different dog than Fargo,” Klug said. “I don’t care if they’re 100,000 people and we’re 50,000, we’re a different dog. I can walk down the streets of Fargo and find someone to fill our positions, and we can’t do that in Williston.”

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com


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