with more than 16 years of full-time administrative experience,
joined the Registrar of Voters’ (RoV) Office this
month as Chief Deputy.
Kelley has been president and chief executive officer
since January 2001 of Inland Court Services, Inc., where
he developed and implemented educational programs designed
to train individuals on policy and procedures of the California
Superior Court system. From 1989 – 2000, he was
the president/ceo of Phototorium, Inc. Kelley created
and maintained an online educational program, recognized
by Eastman Kodak as the first of its kind, designed to
train and educate photo industry members.
He received the 1999 Riverside Small Business of the Year
award from the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
and was awarded the 2000 Sam Walton Leadership Award,
presented by the Wal-Mart Corporation for outstanding
management, leadership and community involvement. Kelley
also served on the California State Assembly’s business
advisory committee and the legislative review committee.
He was on Riverside’s election services advisory
“Neal has experience with technology, government
processes and community involvement, which is critically
important to us,” said Steve Rodermund, Registrar.
“He’ll bring a great mix of talents to our
Kelley received a bachelor’s in business and management
from the University of Redlands and an MBA from the University
of Southern California.
||n June 14 Marcel Turner will
become the new Human Resources Director for the
County of Orange.
|Turner has been director of Human
Resources for San Bernardino County since 2001. His responsibilities
included risk management, employment, labor/employee relations,
benefits, Equal Employment Opportunity, classification,
commuter services and the Performance Education and Resource
Centers. He had previously been personnel director for
St. Louis County, MO. The County’s new HR Director
has 33 years of experience that include employment in
both the public and private sectors.
retention and customer service to the department’s
19 years with General Telephone and Electric where
he held several Human Resources positions including
serving as the worldwide HR director for Europe
and Latin America.
“My primary expectation of the new Director
is to re-focus the County’s HR Department
on its core businesses,” said Jim Ruth, CEO.
“Those major areas are training, recruitment,
The HR Director’s wide-ranging background is highlighted
by his knowledge of domestic, international, private and
public sector human resources. He obtained a bachelor’s
degree in business administration with a focus in personnel
and labor relations from the University of Maryland. Turner
received a masters in business administration, operational
management, from Northrop University in Inglewood. He
also holds certificates in employee relations law from
the Institute of Applied Law and in public pension plan
polity from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits.
He is certified by the International Personnel Management
“Mr. Turner has the background and the right combination
of experience and personal traits needed to be successful
in this position,” said Ruth. “ He has a balance
of technical expertise and people skills that will aid
him in transitioning quickly into the HR Director’s
responsibilities. He will be a great fit for this job
and a tremendous asset to this organization.”
||ennifer Phillips, former Assistant
to the City Manager in Fullerton and principal financial
analyst for the Orange County Transportation Authority
(OCTA), has been hired by the County’s Health
| (HCA) as director
of Animal Care Services.
“Ms. Phillips brings a wealth of budgetary knowledge
to her new position and is highly recognized for her expertise
in management and administration,” said Mike Spurgeon,
Deputy Director of HCA’s Regulatory Health Services.
“We are fortunate to gain her broad expertise, seasoned
background and impressive communication skills. We appreciate
the dedication she’s exhibited in working with the
Orange County community.”
worked with the Fullerton City Manager in preparing
an FY 2003-04 $5.6 million decision package for
general fund expenditure reductions. She also served
as Fullerton’s Administrative Officer for
Municipal Code and Personnel Hearings and appeals.
Ms. Phillips also managed the development of a $6.5
billion long-range strategic financial plan during
her tenure at OCTA.
Ms. Phillips earned both her master’s degree in
public administration in 1991 and B.S. in 1988 from California
State University, Long Beach. She has active memberships
in several animal care organizations.
I work in the Civic Center area and have two
small children. How can I get information
about child care services?
There are a number of resources available
to assist parents and caregivers in finding
appropriate child care. The Orange County
Child Care and Development Planning Council
has a website at www.occhildcarecouncil.org/index.html.
The site includes information on child care
resources in Orange County including links
to other sites with useful information.
Anne Broussard, the County’s child care
coordinator, may be reached by e-mail at Anne.Broussard@ssa.ocgov.com.
She has provided information on the County’s
website at http://www.ocgov.com/childcare/
which may also be useful to you.
Children’s Home Society of California
is a Child Care Resources and Referral Program
serving all of Orange County. By calling 714.543.2273,
parents can obtain information about child
care programs matched to their needs and preferences.
Listings are maintained on licensed family
child care homes and child care centers. Children’s
Home Society can also provide written information
on child care or provide presentations on
their services. For more information, contact
Nancy Malek at 714.835.8252.
Finally, the California Child Care Resource
and Referral Network has a website that provides
tips on finding appropriate child care. That
site is located at www.rrnetwork.org/rrnet/welcome/index.php.
With fall elections approaching, I'm considering
getting involved in one of the political campaigns
for my favorite candidate. Are there any restrictions
on my political activities as a County employee?
A. The short
answer is that it is not appropriate to conduct
political activities on County time, and that
your telephone, computer, office or other
County resources should never be used for
political purposes. There are a number of
places you can obtain additional information
about the rules that govern involvement in
political activities by county employees.
The County’s Personnel and Salary Resolution,
which applies to all employees, also has a
specific conflict of interest policy that
could be applied to election activities. For
example, the policy prohibits engaging in
“the use of County time, facilities,
equipment, badge or uniform for private gain
or advantage, or private gain or advantage
of another.” This policy can be found
on line at www.ocgov.com/hr/employeerelations/mou/mou.asp.
The County’s Information Technology
Usage Policy governs the use of the County’s
e-mail system, personal computers and network.
All information created, sent or received
via the e-mail system, network, Internet,
telephones or the Intranet is the property
of the County, and these systems are intended
for official business only.
Finally, there are a number of laws and policies
that govern the political activities of County
employees. Included are the Hatch Act, a federal
law, and the California Government Code. Posters
entitled “County Employees’ Participation
in Election Activities” should be posted
in your workplace and include information
about both of these laws. County agencies
and departments may also have additional rules
and regulations relating to engaging in political
activities during work hours and/or on County
property. If you have any questions, please
talk to your supervisor.
If you have questions about the future of
the County, a suggestion about providing service
more efficiently or an idea that improves
customer service, send it along to this regular
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by CEO staff and shared with the appropriate
department. CEO Jim Ruth will respond in this
newsletter to the most representative ones.
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