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Record Retirements Has City of SF Looking for New Employees

March 19, 2014, 5:08 PM by Brady Mallory

Record Retirements Has City of SF Looking for New Employees

"It may not feel like it right now with the snow on the ground, but swimming season is just around the corner," Bill O'Toole, SF Human Resources Director, said.

So begins the time of year when the Parks and Recreation Department searches for lifeguards and other seasonal workers.  However, the City of Sioux Falls, in general, is also looking for new full-time employees.  O'Toole said an increase in City employee retirements, an expected 70 retirements by the end of the year, is a result of last year's changes to city employee pension plans.

"This is kind of unprecedented territory for us, in terms of the number of retirements we're seeing," O'Toole said.

Typically, the City has 35 retirements in a year.  We have already seen a number of longtime members of the Sioux Falls Police Force hang up their badges after lengthy and storied careers of service.

"It's always a challenge when you have that 30-plus year employee walk out the door.  There's some knowledge and experience that goes out," O'Toole said.

Human Resources Manager Jane Hannestad said this is also an opportunity for the City.  City leaders point out the City of Sioux Falls is one of the top ten largest employers in Sioux Falls.  It has 1,159 full-time employees, spanning 12 different departments.  Job fields include human resources, finance, public works, etc.  As they push for people to apply for jobs, Hannestad looks forward to the new ideas new employees will bring.

"We'll look at, sometimes, 6,500 applications a year, and we do see a common theme of people who grew up here in Sioux Falls, moved away because they didn't want to stay here their entire life, right?  And then they go somewhere else, raise a family and want to come back home," Hannestad said.

"We offer the opportunity to serve, and I can tell you from experience, working in public services is tremendously gratifying," O'Toole said.

To see what jobs are available, go to the City of Sioux Falls website.

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