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Meeting the challenges

Porter began duties with county Oct. 8

October 22, 2012

Amy Porter has a goal of getting to know each and every person employed by Webster County by name.

"There are 200 people working for Webster County and my goal is to get to know every employee by name," said Porter, who became the county's 201st employee when she began her role in the newly created position of human resources director on Oct. 8.

Porter said there is a lot to learn in the newly created position, and has spent the first few weeks on the job working with department heads getting to know their needs and expectations as well as their employee's needs.

"There is lots to learn," she said. "We're starting from scratch with a new position so I've been spending a lot of initial time with the department heads and elected officials to learn as much about Webster County as quickly as I can."

Porter's primary responsibilities will be to work with any new hires within the county assisting them with their benefits, handling employee issues, safety and risk management, FMLA and COBRA administration and workers compensation.

"The good in human resources far outweighs any bad," said Porter. "I enjoy helping employees, I really enjoy the customer service aspect of it."

Prior to her employment for Webster County, Porter spent 14 years working in Human Resources at Friendship Haven. She is a certified senior professional in human resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

"Moving from the private sector to the public sector was definitely a challenge," said Porter. "But it is one that I am enjoying."

Porter is also a graduate of the Leadership Fort Dodge program, which introduced her to the inner workings of the county.

"I have always had an interest in my community and how I can be of better service to the community," she said. "Leadership Fort Dodge really opened my eyes to the functions of the county and I saw the job as a great challenge and I am up to it."

Porter attended the University of Northern Iowa where she studied human resource management, and returned to Webster County, where she grew up, shortly after graduating from college.

"Webster County is our home," said Porter. "I grew up here and my husband and I are raising our three children here."



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