Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hendry County Without Human Resource Department

Hughes-Strickland Fired From HR Department On Friday the 13th

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County, Florida is operating now without a Human Resources department. Sole employee of the department for 14 years, Ellen Anne Hughes-Strickland worked her last day Friday, May 13th.

Hendry County Administrator Judi Kennington-Korf said Tuesday, that Hughes-Strickland had been terminated. The former Human Resources head has 10 days to file a response or grievance in respect to her firing, and because an investigation is underway, according to Kennington-Korf, no further public comments can be made at this time.

Strickland was earning $41,575 annually and was hired for the position on December 16, 1996.

Strickland's county web page shows only two active positions open, a custodian job and Executive Director of the Hendry Economic Development Council. Presumably now a third position is open, Human Resources Department director.

County Administrator Kennington-Korf says the county is now advertising for a replacement for the position.

The HR Department phone in LaBelle goes unanswered.


  1. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Not that I disagree with her being terminated as that should have been done long ago. Worthless. Puppet on a string for Judy. Speaking of JKK ironically how much pay disparity exists between regular dept heads of the county and her. Since she is making six figures a year, let her run the HR dept and save the county some money and earn hers. Again mundane and as usual all the county commissioners are blind and bound by her. I laugh each time I hear one of them say they dont agree with her salary. Of course that is in private. You never will hear it publicly. I say we need to eliminate commissioner boundaries and make it a general countywide election for all slots.

  2. Anonymous8:17 PM

    They need to eliminate the county administrator and her friends, assign tasks to each commissioner to be responsible an area of county government.
    This would save the taxpayers a lot of money and allow the commissioners to earn their pay.

  3. Anonymous8:20 PM

    She was not the sole employee for a number of years a young lady actually did all the work and answered employee questions correctly. She left and got a job some where else. Then nothing got done,

  4. Anonymous11:18 PM

    she was NOT the sole employee
    Tracy used to be in that department until last year when she got suddenly moved to a different department. HMMMMMM me thinks I smell a rat.
    Ellen was a confrontational woman who thought she knew more than she did. I am not the least bit surprised that she is now unemployed.

    Can we get Tracy back into the slot she should have had? Probably not, but we can hope.

  5. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Glad to see a paper print good news once in a while, thanks. Don't think there will be a grievence filed won't be able to find anyone sympathetic to her, HR was not a freindly place for employees to go for a very long time.

    Tracy would be perfect but she may be well satisfied where she is at. Hope the department will be a little more user friendly in the future.

    Good job Judi, what took you so long?

  6. Anonymous4:11 PM

    I didn't envy Ellen... so much of what she had to do had to be reviewed by Judi KK or Mark Lapp and folks... that can take a real long time. Even though Ellen was a department head.. she had a lot on her plate and when they cut her help it just piled on even more. Now they have 4 people doing her work... come on.. Ellen, I hope you get a jam up job that appreciates all you did and what you tried to do.. you actually knew that most of us were terribly underpaid but there was nothing you could do about it. Good luck to you.