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$200,000 pilot program for NV employee training fails to get approval

Cy Ryan
Special to the Nevada Appeal
Patrick Cates, director of the Department of Administration, said the pilot program would allow for new ways to attract people in private business to work for the state.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. — It’s estimated a 20 percent turnover of state workers will occur in the next five years, Nevada officials said this week.

The state Department of Administration presented a work plan on Aug. 16 to hire more qualified employees and to upgrade training of existing workers.

But the Legislative Interim Finance Committee split on the proposal, and the item died.

The department wanted to spend $199,600 to hire consultant Linkedin of Sunnyvale, Calif., to find more ways to find people to get interested in public service.

Patrick Cates, director of the department, said the pilot program would be for three years. Part of it would be for new ways to attract people in private business to look at a new career. The state has a website for openings for jobs, but it’s not fully used.

Cates and Peter Long, administrator for the Division of Human Resource Management (DHRM), emphasized there’s need for better training. Long said there were 2,500 supervisors in state government, and many of them come from promotions. But many don’t have the training to supervise.

Sen. Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, backed the idea. She said errors have been made in the informational technology sector and it has cost the state millions of dollars. Cates agreed this was one of “areas we have struggled with.”

But committee members split whether money should be spent on upgrading training programs. Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, said the training portion of the contract should be eliminated and considered at the 2019 Legislature.

Her motion to remove part of the money for training was defeated on a split vote. The committee didn’t take another vote on whether to approve or reject the full contract.

Cates said he would talk to his superiors to see if the contract should be presented at the next meeting of the finance committee.

Lots of agencies have their own training officers, the committee was told.

Questions were asked if there was upgraded training, would these people leave state work and go into private employment. Long said the state offers lots of jobs that aren’t available in the private sector.

Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle, D-Sparks, said the training aspects need more discussion.