December 2015, she persuaded Council that she was worth every penny of her $104,328 price tag. Hey, those hoverboards she rides in the third floor cost money! I'd generally agree that you get what you pay for, so for that sum, I'd expect a Director who is already a qualified professional. Not someone who refers to the county workforce, its backbone, as "entitled spoiled brat government employees" who "need to get on board." And certainly not someone who jams up the county for "staff training and development" costs while insisting that others punch a timeclock.
In response to a right-to-know request filed with Controller Steve Barron, I've learned that taxpayers have paid $96,172.92 for "staff training and development" expenses in the HR office since 2010.
Barron notes that during the last four years that former Executive John Stoffa was in office, the expenses were relatively low. (2010- $3,718.79; 2011 - $4,141,85; 2012 - $2,872.55; 2013 - $4,941.04).
Under Executive John Brown, those costs have soared. During his first year in office, 2014, the costs went down to just $2,990.41, but that was pursuant to a budget proposed by John Stoffa. Once John Brown took control of the purse strings, things changed. In 2015, he spent $5,749.35 for staff training and development. And in 2016, in Amy Trapp's first year in command at HR, the costs were $56,758.14. During the first three months of this year, those costs are $17,991.19. She's on track to burn $71,964.76 this year.
Do you think that HR professionals are trained to call county workers "entitled spoiled brat government employees?" We are wasting taxpayer money so that Trapp can pad her resume with more credentials for her next job. This does explain why no one ever sees her.