Proposed HR interim official worked with Deis in Sonoma County

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider a contract for an temporary Human Resources head (Dianna Garcia and City Manager Bob Deis agreed to part ways last month) whose focus will be strategizing and assisting in upcoming labor talks.

Deis is proposing to hire Ann Goodrich, who was his Human Resources director when he was in charge of Sonoma County. Her contract in Stockton is proposed to last six to nine months and will cost up to $89,000, (she’ll make $169 an hour) according to a council staff report and the proposed contract.

According to an article in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Goodrich was  controversial in Sonoma County labor relations because she and Deis worked together to restructure employee benefits. According to the article, she left after five years in the post, striking a separation agreement with county supervisors.

Labor negotiations heading into the upcoming fiscal year – with a projected $18 million deficit – are expected to be excruciating. Employees will likely be asked to give up a lot more, including pay. Bringing in his HR director from his last job is a strong signal City Hall is going to play hardball with its unions in the coming months.

If her contract is approved, Goodrich also will work with the city’s new consultant, The Segal Company, which was retained last month for $98,000 to evaluate the city’s health plan. Deis brought the same group on in Sonoma County.

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