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OHPELRA's Public Safety Conference

Sep 10, 2019

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.; Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Managing Administrative Nightmares

Employment Issues in Public Safety


8:00-8:30 am        Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 am      Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, & Bullying in the Public Safety Forces

We will explore how to recognize bullying and harassing behavior, how to tell the difference between undesirable and unlawful conduct, and how to best protect employees and your employer. We will discuss these issues in relation to sexual harassment, including same sex and peer-on-peer, and transgender identity.

Jennifer Edwards, Esq., Baker & Hostetler LLP

10:00-10:15 am      Break

10:15-11:45 am      Bridging the Gap Between Human Resources and Safety Forces—A Practitioner and Elected Official Panel

This session will give safety service employers strategies to involve HR as an organizational partner in aligning and driving objectives, culture, and overall operational function.

Russ Martin, Sheriff Delaware County, Chelsea Dean, HR Manager Delaware County Sheriff, Brian Miller, Fire Chief City of Westerville, Charles “Cappy” Chandler, Assistant Police Chief City of Westerville, Lynn Miller, HR Manager City of Westerville

11:45–12:30 pm      Lunch Provided

12:30-2:00 pm        Recruitment and Retention

Hear from the City of Dayton Fire Department and the Columbus Division of Police on strategies and innovative approaches to recruiting and retaining minorities. Deputy Chief Lykins and Assistant Chief Hosford will walk us through the City of Dayton’s, award-winning Homegrown Heroes Program. Then hear from Sergeant Chris Smith-Hughes and members of the Columbus Division of Police Recruiting Unit on their newly created cadet program and how video based recruiting tools assist in reaching different demographics. This seminar will help attendees think creatively about filling safety sensitive positions, and ultimately retaining these mission critical personnel.

Jeff Lykins, Deputy Chief of Fire City of Dayton, Nicholas Hosford, Assistant Chief of Fire City of Dayton, Sergeant Chris Smith-Hughes, Columbus Division of Police and members of the Columbus Division of Police Recruiting Unit