City of Stockton Public Works Department Report to
City of Stockton Public Works Department Report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission November 7, 2007
Mission Statement and Core Values The mission of the Public Works Department is to plan, design, build and maintain public works for residents, businesses and City departments, and to meet their needs and expectations with pride and professionalism in a cost effective manner.
Public Works Department 2007 Organization Chart
Public Works Department Five Year Comparison 2002 2007 Change • Budgeted Positions 205 189 -8% • Street Miles 686 750 9% • Population 243, 771 286, 000 17% Note: There are currently 12 vacancies in the department.
Public Works Department 2007 Workforce Composition by Ethnicity
Workforce Composition by Ethnicity (compared to the City and County Population)
Public Works Minority Workforce (compared to City Staff, Stockton and SJ County) 56% of Public Works Employees are white. Ethnic minorities in Public Works comprise • • 44% of the workforce, and 36% of the new hires, promotions and employees who transferred into the department By comparison minorities represent: • • • 34% of all City staff 55% of the City of Stockton population 44% of the San Joaquin County population
Public Works Department Employee Distribution by Work Group
Public Works Departmental Makeup by Race and Work Group
Comparison of Public Works Minority Representation between 2006 and 2007 Work Group 2006 2007 Supervisors 46% Professional 23% Clerical 31% Crafts 48% New Hires/Promotions 37% 39% 30% 52% 36%
Public Works 2007 New Hires and Promotions by Work Group
Diversity Issues Comparison of the Minority Representations between Public Works and Eligible Employee Populations Employee Group % Minority Difference Public Works 44% ----- City Staff 34% +12% San Joaquin County 44% 0% City of Stockton 55% -11% New Hires / Promotions 36% +8%
Reasons for Under-Representation in Supervisor and Professional Work Groups • Supervisors and professional staff are primarily engineering positions. • Minority students are heavily recruited in this area by the private sector and other governmental agencies. • Retention of trained employees is difficult especially as their skills increase.
Reasons for Minority Under-Representation throughout Public Works • Over the past few years, growth in Public Works has not kept pace with the population. • There have been few opportunities to hire new staff. – Because of the hiring freeze. – When vacancies are available, positions are often filled by transfers from other City departments where 66% of the workforce is white.
Accomplishments • It was reported last year that the City of Stockton salaries are not competitive with the salaries in the private sector and other governmental agencies • This year, the City Manager approved the increase in engineering salaries.
Current Recruitment • Public Works appointments are selected based on interviewing the top 10 rather than the top 5 candidates. • Job interviews for the vacant engineering positions have just been concluded and four candidates have been offered the positions. • Recruitment is handled by the Human Resources department and job openings are posted on the City’s website, newspapers and universities to reach a larger segment of the population. • Public Works is actively involved in the UOP intern program in an effort to recruit and retain Junior Engineers.
Transitional Staffing • In June 2004, the Public Works functions of garden refuse pickup and street sweeping were taken over by the garbage companies. • 26 positions had to be absorbed by PW over a 5 -year period through the attrition of current staff. • As of October 31, 2007, 23 positions had been successfully transitioned. • Restrictions on hiring continues in Public Works until the remaining 3 positions are placed in other Public Works activities.
Training: Engineering and Administration Engineering • • Traffic Engineering Ag Mitigation Fee Training Project Management Software Applications Administration • • Customer Service Supervisory Skills Sexual Harassment Personal Effectiveness
Training: Operation and Maintenance • • • Safety for Supervisors Forklift Training Sexual Harassment Customer Service Substance Abuse Awareness Building a Workplace of Mutual Respect