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September 23, 2013

Cleveland County gets Human Resources Department

NORMAN — Shelley Raney is working with Cleveland County Clerk Tammy Belinson to build a Human Resources Department to serve 400 or so Cleveland County employees and their supervisors.

 “It was something I felt I couldn’t turn down,” said Raney, who was hired earlier this year as the Cleveland County Human Resource Director. “This is the first time they’ve ever had a human resources department.”

Raney came to Belinson with the strong recommendation of District 2 County Commissioner Darry Stacy. Raney had worked for the Norman Police Department for nearly 21 years and is a lifelong Norman resident.

 “Some of this is a learning experience,” Raney said. “Coming from city government to county there are some differences, but state and federal laws are still the same for all employees.”

Haney has been busy attending professional conferences and training classes. She will help employees with insurance issues, retirement, family medical leave and other employment issues. She also will help elected officials and department heads with employee discipline, state mandates and more.

“I want to work toward things for the employees, wellness programs and certification programs,” she said.

There is some state mandated training that county employees and elected officials must attend, but Haney wants to expand on training and bring it in-house so more employees can take advantage of the training opportunities. The commissioners’ meeting room will now double as a webinar training room, thanks to the recent installation of a smart board.

“Most webinars that you attend are huge group discussions,” Raney said. “The ones I’ve attended I found a lot of information out of. They go through each point with you and answer questions.”

During her years with the police department Raney worked her way up to be a personnel, training and administrative tech. She has two sons who attend Norman public schools, and she’s invested in the community.

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