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Morgan HR director stresses following employment laws

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County Human Resources Director Terry Naccarato believes that hiring practices should back the words "equal opportunity employer."

To make sure the words are more than a slogan for the county, Naccarato has developed a plan to ensure fairness and equitableness for employment candidates.

He's getting rave reviews from county commissioners for his efforts.

"We've developed an HR plan to come into compliance with state and federal laws as well as our county policy manual," Naccarato said. "It's an 18-month plan based on a review of the needs of the county. We did an assessment of the gaps regarding where we are and where we should be."

During his three-month tenure, Naccarato has covered six months of the plan.

Hiring practices topped the list.

"Since I've been here, we've had a massive hiring with 11 openings," said Naccarato. "We've put up postings of the job openings on every floor. The state employment service does the initial screening of applicants and then those selected face an additional screening by a group that includes an HR representative and the manager of the department where the opening exists."

Naccarato succeeds Jack Underwood whom the commission fired after a TV news reporter exposed him and Chairman John Glasscock for sharing photos of naked women on county computers. Underwood, a retired military officer, was the county's first director.


Naccarato's experience includes human resource training and development of programs for three Fortune 500 companies and teaching human resource subjects at two universities in Montana. He is the author of "About Finding a Job," and received local, state and national awards for professional excellence in human resources management. He has a bachelor's in business management and a master's in professional development.

Naccarato said he plans to strictly follow laws that govern employment.

"There's nothing worse than to go to a job interview and it's already been decided," he said. "All applicants should be evaluated based on education, experience and qualifications, not anything else."

Commissioners Ken Livingston, Stacy George, Jeff Clark and Kevin Murphy said they are impressed with Naccarato.

"He didn't sit around trying to decide what to do for three months," Livingston said. "He went to work and learned what we needed. He put a plan together so that our employees would be treated fairly. The purpose is to give us legal advice for employment to make sure we're in compliance with the law."

"I think it's right in line with what we hired him to do," said Clark. "He's got some good ideas and when we get accustomed to what he wants to do it should work real smooth."

George said he's glad Naccarato believes in following the law.

"With his professionalism and beliefs about fairness, anybody who qualifies will be able to get a job in the county," said George.

Murphy said, "From what dealings I've had with him he seems to be doing an exceptional job."

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