Government Employment. . . It Gives You Wings

New guidance from a publication in Governing suggests that employers who foster growth of their employees will have more success in recruitment and retention.

It is not easy to find the right employee. And for county governments employers constrained by set salary, grade, and benefit structures, the task can be even more daunting.

One way to improve outcomes is to gain insight into the perspectives and priorities of different generations of applicants – from millennials to baby boomers. County employers working with this knowledge will have a leg up on competition from other public and private employers.

New Rules for attracting and retaining government talent, a paper published recently by Governing delves into this very topic. The short piece has several tangible recommendations for government employers and their approach to managing today’s employees. It finds that employees need to focus on the skills that employees will gain when recruiting, and continue to provide educational opportunities on the job.

Government leaders must partner with employees to help them develop their careers in ways that also support the agency’s mission, especially in a tight job market that gives employees plenty of options.

House Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Tawanna Gaines will moderate a session on finding and keeping top government employees at MACo’s Summer Conference.

Maryland’s Association of County Human Resources Officers will host a MACo’s Summer Conference educational session, Beyond the Classifieds: Finding and Keeping the Employees You Need. 

Description: As a recruitment tool, the newspaper is no longer enough…and neither are the traditional methods of retention. Faced with generational change and evolving workplace cultures, today’s county human resources officers are reaching out across many platforms and breaking open new ways to entice and position top employees. What’s cool about county service to Millennials and Generation Z? How do county benefits deliver for Gen Xers? And, how can a county draw from those in their second or third careers? In this session, learn the best ways to find and keep excellent government employees across all generations, including recruitment tactics and changes to human resources policies.


  • David Johnson, Vice President and Senior Consultant, The Segal Group
  • Millennial: Sam O’Neill, Office of the Baltimore County Executive
  • Gen-Xer: Shelley Heller, County Administrator, Kent County
  • Boomer: Richard Brooks, Director of Emergency Services, Cecil County

Moderator: The Honorable Tawanna Gaines, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 16, 2019; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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