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CCG to host hiring fair amid employment shortage

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:57 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Consolidated Government is facing an employment shortage, which is impacting some city services. They’re just one of many organizations across the globe struggling to fill positions as a result of the pandemic.

Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell says the city has more than 500 empty positions.

“With the onset of the pandemic, it’s just exacerbated this shortage of employees that we have and we’re having to adjust our services because of the shortage,” Hollowell explained.

These job openings include METRA, which is looking to temporarily alter some of their routes this summer, Public Works, which is behind on some collections, and Parks and Recreation.

“From our pools to our rec centers, being so short staffed causes us many times to have to alter hours at a moments when staff calls out sick or we’re short staffed especially this time of year with the summer with the pools,” said Holli Browder, Director of Parks and Recreation.

“We’ve got a severe driver shortage. We’re nine short right now. 32 people total we’re short in public works. Total,” said Mike Criddle, Public Works Director.

“The services that our employees provide directly impact the citizens everyday whether it’s trash pickup, whether it’s a recreation service, whether it’s police service, protective fire service. Everything we do impacts the citizens everyday,” Hollowell explained.

CCG is having a hiring fair on Fri., June 11 from 10:00AM - 2:00PM at the Columbus Civic Center.

“To incentivize applicants to come and check us out, some positions are offering bonuses and we’re hoping to do some hiring on the spot so come prepared with your resume ready to interview,” Hollowell said.

Hollwell says she feels like CCG is competitve with other organizations in terms of the pay and benefits they offer.

“We have a need for applicants just like most other organizations so we know that we’re competing and we really want to have employees come and work for us,” she said.

When fully staffed, Hollowell says CCG has a total of 3,000 full-time and part-time employees.

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