Times Standard (Eureka)
A-C to update board on payroll
County: ‘Significant challenges’ still ahead
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will receive an update on the transition of payroll services from the Human Resources department to the Auditor-Controller’s Office Tuesday.
The board voted unanimously late last year to move the monthly payroll update to a departmental item rather than a consent agenda item going forward to increase interdepartmental communication and asked that the AuditorController’s Office work with the County Administration Office to ensure that payroll and the other functions in the department were moving forward.
The ongoing transition, which began in September 2021, has been fraught with errors, including “delayed and inaccurate direct deposits, system failures, and other process delays,” according to the staff report.
“Significant professional services have been provided to the A-C’s Office to assist in payroll as well as reviewing and processing
financial transactions. Departments have offered to provide staff to help with payroll or other transactions to ease the workload in the office, and the A-C has rejected those offers,” the report went on. “Payroll continues to experience significant challenges despite the Board providing substantial resources and departments’ offers of assistance. Accordingly, this item requests that the Board direct the CAO to evaluate alternatives to processing payroll and return to the Board of Supervisors at the earliest date possible with options.”
According to a progress report attached to the board’s agenda from Sacramento-based accounting firm Macias Gini O’Connell, the county has experienced “numerous technology challenges”
that have impacted departments’ ability to perform duties in a timely manner.
“These technology challenges have particularly had a significant impact on A-C operations which have caused additional operational challenges and impacts to work flow, timelines and morale county-wide,” according to the progress report. “…The county has been restricted to modify practices and procedures that could streamline operations county-wide and mitigate ‘back-logs’ in the A-C. We recommend the county prioritize addressing these technology issues and develop solutions to mitigate the impacts to improve workflows countywide.”
The discussion is time set for 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The agenda can be found at humboldt.legistar. com/Calendar.aspx.