Human Resources

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Human Resources
John Light, Director

P: 847.391.5486
1420 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL  60016

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Human Resources Division is responsible for administering the City’s personnel services and programs, which include:

  • Compensation plan and employee evaluation program
  • Employee fringe benefits, including health and dental insurance
  • Job analysis and position classification, recruitment, and selection of employees
  • Labor contract negotiations and development and administration of personnel policies to comply with federal, state, and administrative requirements
  • Personnel record keeping
  • Risk management and employee safety

Maintaining Employee Satisfaction:

The City of Des Plaines takes pride in attracting and retaining a diverse, high-quality, professional workforce in order to meet the service demands of the residents and businesses of this community. In order to remain competitive with similar markets, such as comparable local governments within the Chicagoland area, the City's compensation and benefits strategy has been to maintain employee salaries and benefits near the midpoint of these historically comparable communities.

Monitoring Salaries & Benefits:

Human resources continues to monitor comparable communities' salary and benefit information on a regular basis. In addition, other factors, such as cost of living, employee performance, and union contract obligations, are used in determining the City's compensation and benefits package. The City is currently analyzing the compensation and benefits strategy to include Chicagoland area businesses in addition to local governments where applicable.

Compensation & Benefits:

The City of Des Plaines values our employees, the contribution they make to the community, and understands the importance of retaining quality employees in meeting the service needs of the community. The Human Resources Division consists of three full-time employees: Director of Human Resources, Human Resource Specialist, and Executive Secretary.