Staff Up Mendocino

Staff Up Mendocino

Nearly 27% of jobs at Mendocino County are unfilled, with employees leaving faster than they are being recruited, slowing down county services.

Current employees are having to stretch to cover two or more jobs. Comparatively low pay amid a severe housing crisis and skyrocketing inflation have simply made County jobs uncompetitive.

The county administrator’s answer? So far -- none.

Mendocino residents deserve better.

Nearly 27% of jobs at Mendocino County are unfilled, with employees leaving faster than they are being recruited, slowing down county services.

Current employees are having to stretch to cover two or more jobs. Comparatively low pay amid a severe housing crisis and skyrocketing inflation have simply made County jobs uncompetitive.

The county administrator’s answer? So far -- none.

Mendocino residents deserve better.

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Email the Mendocino County Supervisors & CEO Now

Mendocino County is in the midst of a severe staffing crisis that is leaving residents in a lurch. Consider the following vacancy rates:

  • Public health nurses: nearly 30% positions vacant
  • Family & Children's Services social workers: 40% positions vacant
  • Employment & Family Assistance eligibility specialists: 20% positions vacant
  • Mental health clinicians: almost 70% positions vacant
  • Department of Transportation road crews: 32% positions vacant

This means that Mendocino's most vulnerable residents -- including abused and neglected children, seniors, and people with disabilities -- are not getting the services they need in a timely manner. Meanwhile, the County acknowledges that it may have to let some county roads go back to dirt or gravel roads because they cannot maintain them.

All of the above positions, with the exception of DOT road crews, get state or federal funding. Yet Mendocino County administration seems content to do nothing to make these positions competitive to retain existing staff and recruit new staff.

Please take just a moment to email the Mendocino County Administrator and Board of Supervisors and tell them that it's time to staff up to keep Mendo running.

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