Human Resources


Merit System

Washoe County Department of Human Resources and the Merit Personnel System have evolved based upon the following employment-related laws and regulations:  

A merit system is a means in which competitive examinations are used in the selection process and the most qualified individuals are selected for hire or promotion. A merit system utilizes fair and unbiased recruitment and selection procedures. 

Classification and Compensation 

Classification and Compensation supports the County Vision of "valued staff" and a "quality, sustainable... infrastructure"; County Values reflecting that "our employees are our most valuable resource"; and County Priorities regarding "workforce development" to plan for and manage the growing County workforce including "succession planning, retention of talent, employee morale...." and to support the workforce priority to "enhance the quality and availability of our regional workforce."

Classification and Compensation applies the best human resources practices toward the definition of the County job infrastructure to include job documentation, job evaluation, and job family design; and the design and maintenance of equitable, competitive, and cost effective compensation methods, structures and practices (i.e., hiring rate practices, salary adjustments, internal and external equity, leave practices, overtime rules, etc.) in order to provide a basis to recruit for, attract, and retain a high quality, diverse, and accountable workforce.

Governance - Laws & Regulations Governing HR

Washoe County Department of Human Resources abides by following employment-related laws and regulations:  

1001 East Ninth St, Reno, NV 89512      Mailing Address: 1001 East Ninth St. Suite 220, Reno, NV 89512  

Phone: 775 328-2081 Fax: 775 328-6119 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM    

Washoe County is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce that creates a sense of belonging for all employees and citizens, thereby encouraging persons from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for employment. 
Washoe County will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels without regard to race, religion or belief, gender, marital status or domestic partnership, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information (GINA), veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association or union or any other protected class under applicable federal or state law.

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