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Medford may reorganize human resources operations

Medford is studying the possibility of reorganizing its human resources operations with the help of new state funding.

The $30,000 grant is paying for the hiring of the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center will work with city staff to explore whether Medford should create a Human Resources Department.

Until now the city’s human resources functions were carried out by the mayor’s office. In anticipation of creating the new department, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn recently named an acting human resources director, Neil Osborne.

The study, just getting underway, will also involve a comprehensive review of the city’s personnel policies and procedures.

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“I am excited to have the Collins Center join us in creating human resources best practices for City Hall, our employees, and those seeking employment within the city,” Lungo-Koehn said in a statement.

The city received the grant through its participation in the state’s Community Compact program, which supports improvements by cities and towns to better serve their residents.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.