Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2014, 5:42 pm

RI County hires new HR director

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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

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Jerry Clyde
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.