Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced the selection of Don Taute to be Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Personnel Department. The selection must be confirmed by the City Council and County Board.
“Don has extensive knowledge and experience working with the Personnel Department and the City’s workforce,” Seng said. “Don has extensive experience with labor negotiations, personnel, compensation and pension issues. He has a proven ability and, as an attorney, he is an expert in the laws and issues regarding personnel. He will hit the ground running with a new, yet knowledgeable view.”
Taute earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 1979. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked for the City Law Department since 1984 and was in private practice prior to that. In his current position with the City Law Department, Taute has served as legal counsel to the Personnel Department.
“I first want to thank Mayor Seng and the County Board of Commissioners for their expression of confidence in my ability to serve as the Personnel Director, and I want to emphasize my goal to maintain and build positive working relationships with the respective administrations and dedicated employees of the City and County. I look forward to the opportunity,” Taute said
A committee that included the Mayor and representatives of the City Council and County Board screened applications and conducted interviews. The Mayor will ask the County Board and City Council to confirm the appointment this month. Taute will assume his new duties upon confirmation.
The Personnel Department provides services to all City and County departments. 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 Personnel Department is also 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 City employs 1,970 full-time plus another 770 part-time persons. The County employs 1,198 persons. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Personnel Department has a staff of 20.