Welcome to the City of St. George Human Resources Department
The human resources department has responsibility for administering many of the personnel functions for the City of St. George. We provide a broad range of services to all employees and act in an advisory capacity when needed. Our goal is to deal with each individual and each situation in an honest, respectful and objective manner with the ultimate outcome determined by what is in the best interest of the City of St. George and its' citizens.
Sharon Hokanson, MSHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Human Resources Director
Ms. Hokanson's career in Human Resources spans over 15 years. In August of 2015, she joined the city as the Human Resource Director. Reporting directly to the City Manager, she works with three other Human Resource professionals to provide services to more than 1000 full-time and part-time employees. The Human Resource Department is responsible for recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefit administration, payroll administration, personnel policies, employee relations, performance appraisals and supervisor/employee development.
Sharon has a Master's degree in Human Resources from Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with the Human Resource Certification Institute and is also recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional. Sharon enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Forms & Resources
Question 1. What benefits does the City offer its full-time employees?
Answer The City provides full time employees with an excellent cafeteria benefits package including health, dental, vision and flex spending accounts. In addition, the City provides paid life insurance, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Employees have the option of payroll deductions for Roth IRA, 401(K) & 457 plans. Benefits are effective on the 1st day of the month following your date of hire. The City also provides 12 paid holidays plus 12 paid sick days per year.
Question 2. How do I apply for a position with the City?
Answer You must submit a completed City of St.George application at or before 5:00 p.m. on the closing date of the application period. This application is available on our website at www.sgcity.org/hr. You can apply directly on the website by selecting an open position and then clicking on "click here to apply for this job online", or by downloading an application and filling it out by hand. You can also fill out a City application at the City Office Building at 175 East 200 North in St. George.
Question 3. I am interested in applying for more than one (1) job. Can I use the same application?
Answer No, you must fill out a separate application for each job.
Question 4. I'm interested in applying for a job that isn't available at this time. Can I still apply?
Answer No. We only accept applications for current openings.
Question 5. The Job Announcement indicates I need to be able to type at a certain rate of speed. Where do I take a typing test?
Answer A typing test will be administered to those selected to move forward in the selection process. You will be given a warm-up and two attempts to pass the type test. If you pass the test with the net words per minute required (words typed per minute minus errors), you will move forward in the selection process to be interviewed. However, if you do not pass, you will not be interviewed. If you need to practice your typing, we suggest you search on the internet for "free typing test." This will provide you with several options and give you the chance to practice and improve your skills.
Question 6. If the position I'm interested in requires a 60 net wpm typing test, isn't 59 net wpm close enough?
Answer Unfortunately, no. If the position has a minimum requirement of 60 net wpm, your typing test results need to be at least 60 net wpm.
Question 7. What should I include with my application?
Answer If you like special consideration as a veteran or disabled veteran you must include a copy of your DD214. In addition, make sure you include photocopies of any applicable licenses, certifications, etc. Please read the Job Announcement carefully to ensure that you provide the documentation needed to show you meet the minimum qualifications. You may also be required to provide us copies of your diplomas and/or transcripts of your grades if higher education is a minimum requirement for the position. You are welcome to provide us with a cover letter and resume. If you are applying online, you will need to bring your documentation into the City Office, fax it to us at 435-627-4679 or e-mail it to us at email@example.com.
Question 8. I applied for a job 6 months ago. Can I have a copy of my application or use that application to apply for a different job that is currently available?
Answer No. Once a position closes, the applications are archived and eventually destroyed. Please do not submit original documents of anything you would like to keep or use again for other applications. You should always keep a "master" copy of your application and/or resume in case you are interested in applying for any jobs that may become available in the future. The only exception to this rule is explained in #9 below.
Question 9. I applied for a job 6 months ago and now I see the same job is open again. Do I need to reapply?
Answer Yes. A new application must be completed. If you would like to provide us with additional documentation, please see question 7.
Question 10. What is the City's hiring process?
Answer Once you apply, your application is put in a file along with all the other applications for that position. When the position closes, Human Resources screens the applications that have been received for that particular job. Only candidates that meet the minimum qualifications are forwarded to the hiring department. The hiring manager then goes through those applications and ranks the applications based on the experience, skills and abilities shown in the information provided by the candidate. Additional screening and/or testing may be done at this time. The hiring manager and Human Resources then interviews the most qualified candidates. Depending on the number of qualified applications for a position, only a select number of individuals may receive invitations for interviews. Following the interviews, an applicant is selected and a job offer is extended, contingent on the results of a post offer, pre-employment Background Check and Drug Screen. The extent of the background checks depends on the position and may include criminal history, credit history, etc. All other candidates are then sent a letter thanking them for their interest and informing them that they did not get the position.
Question 11. You have a job posting that indicates it is a "hiring roster." What does this mean?
Answer 11. We have a few jobs we recruit for on a continual basis. These jobs may or may not have current openings. For these jobs we put together a "roster" or a list of interested qualified applicants. We accept applications and screen them to ensure they meet the minimum requirements for the position. The applicants that meet the minimum requirements are kept active on the roster until we begin the next hiring process. Therefore, it is important to understand that should you apply for one of the roster positions, you may not be contacted for several months. If you apply and do not meet the minimums, you will receive notice thanking you for your interest.
Question 12. I notice several full-time positions are available. If I am employed as a part-time employee, will I be given preference for a full-time position?
Answer If the position is posted as "Open to City Employees and the General Public," part-time City employees must apply and compete with the general public for open full-time City jobs that may be available. However, occasionally a position will be posted internally only. In those cases, part-time employees may be eligible to apply depending on the specific qualifications required for the position and their length of service.
Question 13. If I accept a part-time position with the City, how many hours would I normally work?
Answer As a part-time employee your hours could vary greatly depending on where you work. Some of our part-time employees work 5-10 hours a week and some work more than 20. All part-time employees, however, must average no more than 28 hours per week in a 12 month time period.
Human Resources Contact Form
Human Resources Department
175 E. 200 N.
St. George, Ut 84770
Phone: 435.627.4670 Contact Form