For fifth consecutive year

The Jefferson County Commission will likely extend its 90-day hiring freeze for a fifth year at its June 26 meeting.

First instituted as a cost-reduction measure for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the measure has proven successful as both a cost-reduction measure and management tool, according to County Administrator Jeff Rasmussen.

Under the policy, when a position opens up in a county department, whether from retirement or a person leaving, the department head must wait 90 days before starting the hiring process.

"After 90 days, they contact HR (human resources) and are off and running," said Rasmussen, who has seen overall savings from the policy. "It gives everybody a pause."

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