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Ben Hill County begins an organizational study

Ben Hill County has contracted with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, to examine its organizational structure. The project is ongoing and will be completed by mid-Summer.

This is the first time the County has done a Departmental Review and Staffing Study. It will focus on the County’s service delivery organization, staff reporting structures, and identify methods to increase service efficiency and effectiveness.

The project started Thursday when Dr. Malik R. Watkins and Harry Hayes from the Institute met with Ben Hill County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, Department Heads and Staff to provide an overview and answer questions.

The Institute is currently gathering and reviewing departmental reports and documentation; such as organizational charts, contact information, prior evaluations, budgets, and program/service descriptions.

The second phase will include interviews with Department Heads, Staff and Program Administrators, touring facilities and identifying other key staff to be interviewed.

The third phase will involve conducting an inventory of services and programs provided; developing process flow charts for operations; producing logic models to illustrate program/service inputs, activities and expected operational outcomes; and identifying optimal department structuring.

The fourth phase will review data, present findings, and provide advice. Departmental Review Reports will be based on best practices, academic and professional literature, and the extensive experience of the Institute. The analyses will relate the practices and procedures in Ben Hill County to the best practices and/or performance standards of local governments.

Ben Hill County Commissioners said they would like to expand the work to include a pay and classification study. They made it clear this project is for the benefit of the County employees and Citizens; and that it is not an attempt to cut budgets or eliminate positions.

Dr. Malik R. Watkins, who will head the project for the Institute, said “Form Follows Function”; adding there are no pre-conceived conclusions. He assured the County leaders that the process will be a professional, objective examination of the organization; followed by recommendations of best practices to help them and their employees operate more efficiently.

Questions: Frank E. Feild, County Manager (229) 426-5100