RI County hires new HR director

Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2014, 5:42 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND - Rock Island County's third human resources director in the past 12 months started work on Thursday.

Jerry Clyde, of Davenport, was unveiled as the new HR director at a news conference.

He holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on human resources from St. Ambrose University and most recently worked as the HR director for Black Hawk County in Iowa.

Mr. Clyde was hired as Black Hawk County HR director in July, 2011, and was laid off in January of this year for budgetary reasons, according to local news reports.

A graduate of Davenport West High School, he worked for three years in human resources at Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport. Mr. Clyde also worked for two years as a human resource specialist for Will County, Illinois.

County board member Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island, who chairs the county's human resources committee, said Mr. Clyde will move from Davenport to Rock Island County as a requirement of the position.

"I'm extremely happy to be here," Mr. Clyde said, adding that he was looking forward to getting to know his colleagues.

Mr. Camlin said he hoped Mr. Clyde would be able to find solutions to any problems in the HR department.

The HR department works with the county's 800 employees and has been a center of controversy, starting last August when former HR director Meg Hoskins was fired.

Ms. Hoskins is now suing the county, claiming she was fired in retaliation for refusing to "make false and illegal reports" to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund in order to inflate pensions of some county board members, according to court records.

The county replaced Ms. Hoskins with Jill Rich, who resigned last month in circumstances that have not been made clear by county officials.

Ms. Rich had been assigned to investigate allegations of bullying by the county board's executive assistant Shelly Chapman against board member Don Johnston, D-Moline. A report on the allegations, which Mr. Johnston denies, has yet to be released by State's Attorney John McGehee.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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