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City, Bartlett agree to share HR director position

Posted: January 7, 2014 - 12:05am  |  Updated: January 16, 2014 - 10:06am

The City and Borough of Juneau human resources director will be taking charge of the same department at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The shared services agreement will be signed by the city manager soon.

Per the agreement, Mila Cosgrove will split her time between the city and the hospital. BRH’s former human resources administrator, Norma Adams, handed in her resignation in September 2013.

At a BRH Executive Committee meeting Monday, Cosgrove went over the agreement, outlining the terms and her proposed staffing model.

According to the draft provided in the meeting packet, written by City Manager Kim Kiefer, the “CBJ Human Resources & Risk Management Division shall be responsible for the strategic and tactical operations of the BRH Human Resource Department, including the organization, selection, and management of human resource staff.”

Bartlett’s chief executive officer will provide an annual performance evaluation for Cosgrove, according to the agreement, and will be re-evaluated Dec. 31, 2015 “to assure that the arrangement is meeting the needs” of both the city and Bartlett. The city agreed to assist the hospital with recruiting a new HR director should the agreement be cancelled.

Cosgrove said she will report to Kiefer in her new BRH position. She took comments from the committee on the wording of the agreement draft.

Former BRH Board of Directors president Linda Thomas said she worried the verbiage of the agreement might make it “seem like we’re turning everything over to the city manager.” She suggested to Cosgrove that it be made clear in the agreement that the hospital CEO has a say in HR staffing.

“Nothing changes as a result of this (shared services agreement),” interim CEO Jeff Egbert said at the meeting. “We’re not abdicating control.”

“The only real difference is that part of my salary will be charged to Bartlett,” Cosgrove said.

Through Cosgrove’s proposed staffing model, the city will save almost $85,000 compared to the current structure in which the hospital has its own, separate HR director. According to the budget included in the meeting packet, the current structure allots an annual salary of $160,000 for BRH’s HR director and a $98,700 salary for CBJ’s HR director, Cosgrove. By putting Cosgrove in charge of both, CBJ will continue to pay $55,328, with the other $55,328 coming out of Bartlett’s coffers. This will do away with Bartlett’s $160,000 HR director position.

This will probably mean a savings for the city, Cosgrove said, but “I’m still working out my staffing” and the dollar amount could change.

New BRH Board of Directors President Kristen Bomengen led the meeting. Former president Thomas remains on the board. This year’s board can be found online at www.bartletthospital.org/aboutus/board.html.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz.

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