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File #: 21-0931    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 5/28/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 6/29/2021 Final action: 6/29/2021
Title: Human Resources recommending the Board consider the following: 1) Make findings that a contract for professional employee investigations and mediation is necessary to protect against a conflict of interest or to ensure independent and unbiased findings where there is a need for an outside perspective in accordance with Ordinance 3.13.030; 2) Approve and Authorize the Chair to sign Agreement 5532 with Municipal Resource Group, LLC to provide professional employee investigations and mediation, for the period of August 17, 2021 through August 16, 2024 for a total not-to-exceed amount of $210,000; 3) Authorize the Purchasing Agent to execute Amendments that do not increase the maximum obligation or term of the Agreement. FUNDING: Countywide, General Fund and non-general fund.
Attachments: 1. A - 5532 Agmt PE, 2. B - 5532 Counsel Approval, 3. Executed Agreement 5532
Related files: 18-1163
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Human Resources recommending the Board consider the following:
1) Make findings that a contract for professional employee investigations and mediation is necessary to protect against a conflict of interest or to ensure independent and unbiased findings where there is a need for an outside perspective in accordance with Ordinance 3.13.030;
2) Approve and Authorize the Chair to sign Agreement 5532 with Municipal Resource Group, LLC to provide professional employee investigations and mediation, for the period of August 17, 2021 through August 16, 2024 for a total not-to-exceed amount of $210,000;
3) Authorize the Purchasing Agent to execute Amendments that do not increase the maximum obligation or term of the Agreement.

FUNDING: Countywide, General Fund and non-general fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Human Resources receives complaints of alleged misconduct in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by County employees. Pursuant to Section 309.3 of the County Personnel Rules, Code of Ethics, Commitment to County Public Service, and Respectful Workplace, Human Resources may conduct investigations of these complaints as it deems necessary. The department has contracted with outside vendors when special skills and qualifications are involved in the performance of the work, when it is necessary to protect against a conflict of interest and obtain an outside perspective to make independent and unbiased findings, or when it is otherwise necessary to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation and resolution of the complaints filed. The nature of the work involves temporary, occasional, and urgent services. The County has previously contracted with MRG since 2014 for personnel investigation services.

ALTERNATIVES
The Board could choose not to approve this contract and instead allocate additional personnel and funding for the hiring and development of additional workplace investigators and mediators. Given the sporadic nature of comp...

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