Learning about KY Employee handbooks, drones, opioid crisis while renewing acquaintances.
In addition to the opening speakers at the KLC-Kentucky League of Cities Conference, I attended a number of breakout sessions. The first one was on how to develop an employee handbook for municipalities/Cities (all municipalities in KY are call cities no matter what size).
Most of the rules were the same except for the open carry laws in KY that allow employees to bring weapons to work or leave them in their personal car except on school property.
They did emphasise that during orientation, new employees should be trained about the employee handbooks which covers many of the City Policies. For more information on onboarding and orientation see my blog at https://randifrank.com/category/hr-tips-techniques/tips-on-orientation-onboarding/ .
At the conference, I also learned about ordinances dealing with drones and new programs to address the opioid crisis. The City of Jefferesontown has a great process called Angel Program that allows people to come to the police for help and not be arrested if they follow certain rules. This is based on a program started in Gloucester, MA.
At the end of the evening the KCCMA (KY City Manager Association) members met for dinner and drinks at a local Brewery to mingle. I was able to meet up with a colleague David Johnson, the new City Manager of Covington, KY. David and I met when he was a candidate for one of the Town Manager searches I did in the past.
He was so complimentary about my services and abilities when he was talking to the other KY City Managers. It was unsolicited praise but very appreciated. He did not get the position I was working on at the time but he talked about how I kept him informed about all the processes of the search and shared so much about the positives and negatives of the position to make sure it was a good fit.