L.A. to Explore Tech Approach To Hire Police

September 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With nearly half of the city’s non-sworn employees expected to reach retirement age by 2018, two Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday sought ways to reduce the potential impact, including the use of technology to recruit new workers.

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez introduced a motion asking for the Personnel Department and the Information Technology Agency to report on electronic tools and technologies that are available to improve the city’s recruitment and civil service hiring processes.

Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a motion that would instruct the Personnel Department to report to the City Council within 45 days with an overview of succession plans in all city departments, and to highlight areas of concern.

“The city needs to take full advantage of the technological resources available in order to compete with other employers, and to process the volume of hires necessary to resupply the city with an effective workforce,” Rodriguez’s motion states.

City Controller Ron Galperin reported in 2015 that the number of retirement-eligible employees will grow to 13,794 by 2018, which is about 46 percent of the total civilian workforce. The number does not include police or firefighters.

City workers can retire at age 55 if they have been with the city 10 or more years, or at 60 years old if not.

The largest number of retirement eligible employees will be in the Public Works and the Water and Power departments, as 2,221 Public Works workers will be eligible to retire by 2018 and the DWP will see 4,336 of its workers reach retirement age.

When he issued the report, Galperin said he views the city’s aging workforce as “both a challenge and a series of great opportunities.”

“While we’re in danger of losing the expertise that so many of our experienced employees have developed over the course of their careers, we also have the chance to develop skills and mentoring programs to ensure that the city workforce is equipped to meet the needs of tomorrow,” he said.

In response to the report, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive requiring that general managers of all city department make full succession plans by January 2018.

Koretz’s motion, which notes the executive directive, would direct the Personnel Department to report to the City Council on all of the succession plans that have been developed to date, along with recommendations that will ensure development of a pool of qualified candidates for key positions.

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