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City Hiring Practices: Lack of transparency

From: domainremoved <Pushpinder>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:49:19 -0700

Hello everyone,

I have some questions about the recent hires
<https://www.menlopark.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=426> by the city for the
Deputy City Manager, Library Services Director, and HR Manager.

The lack of transparency in hiring practices has been raised previously by
residents. As a concerned resident of Menlo Park, I look forward to
information that highlights some visibility and transparency:

   1. Where were these positions advertised? Online job boards tailored to
   civic/ govt. positions, city website, Indeed, LinkedIn, CalOpps, other?
   2. What was the hiring process? I couldn't find this info anywhere on
   the website
   3. Was the hiring decision made by a committee or a single individual?
   4. When did hiring "interim" individuals become a standard operating
   procedure for our city? City Manager, Library Director are just a couple of
   examples recently. Is "interim" a way to get around ethical hiring?
   5. What efforts were made to ensure diversity in the hiring process?
   Please refer to the law <https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html>.

Here are three key points I'd also like to make:

   - We look bad as a city. Is this how we want to serve the citizens of
   Menlo Park? How did we preserve the best interests of the residents of the
   city?
   - Nepotism is not illegal but is that how we want to do business as a
   city?
   - The county of San Mateo states this
   <https://hr.smcgov.org/recruitment-selection>on their website: "*Recruitment
   and Selection provides innovative, responsive, fair and consistent
   recruitment, and selection services to County departments, employees and
   job applicants to ensure the County employs a qualified and diverse
   workforce that delivers essential services to the public." *Why doesn't
   Menlo Park follow these county guidelines?

*As a concerned Menlo Park citizen, I want to ensure that the city has an
innovative, responsive, fair and consistent approach to hiring. Recently,
it has shown quite the opposite. *

Sincerely,
Pushpinder




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Pushpinder P. Lubana, PhD
LinkedIn <http://www.linkedin.com/in/pushpinderlubana>
Cell 650-644-8554
Received on Wed Apr 24 2019 - 06:44:41 PDT

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