Mayor Chris Beutler today accepted the resignation of Mark Koller as Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Personnel Department. Koller, who had served as Personnel Director since December 2008, resigned to pursue other opportunities.
"Mark brought his experience as a business owner to this important position and has served the community well," Mayor Beutler said.
Assistant City Attorney Don Taute, who served as Personnel Director from 2003 to 2008, will be the Acting Director. Taute has worked in the City's Attorney's office since 1984, except for his time as Personnel Director. He also has served as part of the City's negotiation team on labor contracts.
The Personnel Department is responsible for the recruitment, testing and selection of applicants for County and City positions. It coordinates training, conducts salary surveys, performs classification studies and recommends compensation. The department also is responsible for labor relations, maintaining employee records, administering drug and alcohol testing, and administration of the police and fire pension, group insurance and all employee benefit programs. The department includes the Risk Management division, which administers workers compensation for City employees and liability, property and casualty insurance.
The appointment of a permanent director will require approval of the City Council and County Board.