- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Hammond City Council is contracting with a Shreveport consulting firm for help with civil service cases.

Tuesday night the council approved a contract with Personnel Management Incorporated for $70,000 over a 13-month period, The Hammond Daily Star reported (https://bit.ly/Td7K2K ).

“It’s no secret we’re having some challenges with civil service,” Mayor Mayson Foster said. “Some things in the newspaper have been embarrassing for the city. It’s embarrassing to the city every time we go to the civil service board for a hearing and we lose because we either fail to dot an i or cross a t.”

The mayor said Hammond Fire Chief John Thomas asked him to consult with a firm to help the city develop new policies and procedures.

Personnel Management Incorporated has been working with the city on some issues recently, Foster said.

“We’ve been very impressed with the company and the abilities they have,” he said.

Personnel Management Incorporated President Mark Wineski said the company also works with other government agencies.


Information from: The Daily Star, https://www.hammondstar.com

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