Times Standard (Eureka)

A-C to update board on payroll

County: ‘Significan­t challenges’ still ahead

- By Isabella Vanderheid­en ivanderhei­den@times-standard.com

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.

 ?? TIMES-STANDARD FILE ?? The Humboldt County Board of Supervisor­s will receive an update on the ongoing payroll services transition from AuditorCon­troller Karen Paz Dominguez Tuesday.
TIMES-STANDARD FILE The Humboldt County Board of Supervisor­s will receive an update on the ongoing payroll services transition from AuditorCon­troller Karen Paz Dominguez Tuesday.

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